ERIC Number: ED448248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Student Sexual Harassment. ERIC Digest Number 160.
This digest reviews effective strategies currently used by schools to combat sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is considered any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with the life of the target individual. Experts agree that sexual harassment is about power, not sex. A serious effort to keep a school free of sexual harassment involves the commitment of the whole school, school district, and community to a multidimensional approach and long-term educational strategies. Student education about harassment needs to be age and grade appropriate. A curriculum on human sexuality can cover harassment, but the problem can be discussed in other courses. Schools need to build students' self-esteem. It is also important for every school and school district to have a policy that prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and mandates equitable treatment for all students. If an incident of harassment occurs, everyone involved should have the opportunity to describe the harassment. Consequences for harassers should include remediation as well as punishment. Schools can choose a student empowerment approach in which targets confront their harassers, but such meetings should only occur in the presence of the school investigator. Schools should conduct professional development sessions on sexual harassment and violence for all staff members, and they can educate parents about sexual harassment through meetings and workshops that explain the schools' antiharassment policies and enlist parent support. In the current social climate, the need to deliver a strong and effective antiharassment message is greater than ever. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bullying, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, School Safety, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.