ERIC Number: ED430158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio Students, Parents, and Teachers Speak out on Sexual Harassment.
Equity Exchange, v5 n4 Sum 1999
A survey was taken in seven participating school-to-work regions in Ohio to find out what students, teachers, parents, and employers thought about sex equity issues. Participants included 6,173 9th-12th grade students (3,316 girls and 2,857 boys), 760 teachers, 743 parents, and 230 employers. Findings included the following: (1) up to 69 percent of students responding to the survey have experienced some form of sexual harassment (mostly student-to-student); (2) students had differed about whether they had participated in a class on sexual harassment, if they could explain the school harassment policy, and if they knew whom they would talk with if they had a complaint; (3) 84 percent of parents said they knew whom to talk with if they had a complaint; (4) teachers reported being aware of sexual harassment policies and complaint procedures; (5) only 45 percent of students reported that they would feel comfortable in reporting sexual harassment to school authorities, although 83 percent of parents said they would; (6) 20 percent of students were unsure and 37 percent said that nothing would happen to the harasser if they reported sexual harassment to a school authority, although a much higher percentage of parents and teachers thought sexual harassers would be dealt with appropriately. The study recommended that school authorities take reports of sexual harassment seriously and act responsibly, develop a sexual harassment policy for school districts, and communicate the policy to all staff, students, and parents; and create an atmosphere of trust and respect among students and staff. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Sex Equity.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio