ERIC Number: ED374573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Sexual Harassment and Molestation in Education.
Sexual harassment in schools is a public event, which means that there are witnesses, bystanders, and spectators to many of these occurrences. This paper argues that because sexual harassment is a public event, it is very damaging to its targets as well as bystanders by teaching others that schools are not safe or just. Schools may also serve as training grounds for domestic violence. A review of two surveys of sexual harassment in schools--a "Seventeen" magazine survey (March 1993) and the Harris Poll/American Association of University Women survey (June 1993)--revealed that sexual harassment is public, extensive, and routine. Most girls reported that they resisted their harassers and that schools did not respond 45 percent of the time. Disseminators of these findings encountered a "backlash," which downplayed the seriousness of the situation. Finally, symmetry and parallels existed between what girls' narratives said about their school experiences and the experiences that were revealed by lawsuits and depositions. Quotations from female students describing their encounters with and feelings about sexual harassment are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (Philadelphia, PA, November 1993).