ERIC Number: ED386665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Harassment: An Abuse of Trust. A Report on a Statewide Survey of Sexual Harassment in Iowa High Schools.
Selzer Boddy, Inc., Des Moines, IA.; Saydel Consolidated School District, Des Moines, IA.
From sexual name-calling and grabbing to sexual threats, Iowa high school students face situations in their schools that fit traditional definitions of sexual harassment. This report details a first-of-its-kind study of 503 Iowa high school students. Incidents that could be described as harassment are common in Iowa high schools: 19 percent of female students and 8 percent of male students reported ongoing harassment of some kind; 38 percent of females and 26 percent of males reported some repeated exposure to sexual harassment; and 26 percent of females and 28 percent of males reported "one or two exposures" to sexually harassing situations. This means that, collectively, 83 percent of females and 62 percent of males in this study have had at least one exposure to a sexually harassing incident. Projecting these percentages to the entire Iowa high school student population would indicate that 98,300 Iowa high school students have had at least one exposure to a sexually harassing situation as described in this study. Other key findings include the size of the high schools did not affect findings; harassing situations were equally common for younger and older students; and students looked to adults--teachers, counselors, and administrators, to help them deal with sexual harassment. Contains a list of members of the sexual harassment advisory board, the Social Interaction Survey, and the Social Interaction Survey Questionnaire comments. (KW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Selzer Boddy, Inc., Des Moines, IA.; Saydel Consolidated School District, Des Moines, IA.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa