Sexual Harassment in Our Schools: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know to Spot It and Stop It
Every parent wants to feel that his or her child will have a safe and positive learning environment in school. But increasingly school offers children an unexpected and sometimes devastating experience - as victims of sexual harassment. Parents and educators concerned about this growing problem will welcome a much-needed resource designed to help communities identify and eradicate it.
In extensive interviews the authors found that many parents, teachers, and even administrators are not aware of the extent to which sexual harassment permeates the school environment. But surveys show that it is pervasive, with four out of five students reporting that they have been the target of some form of sexual harassment during their school lives. Of those students, one in four report being targeted "often." And surprisingly, much of the problem isn't initiated by adults; it's caused by student-to-student harassment in high school, junior high and middle schools, and even in elementary schools.
Many communities have difficulty facing the issue of sexual harassment in the schools. This timely book can help you take the steps necessary to educate everyone involved and create a plan for change. Drawing on recent research and the expertise of an educational law specialist, it probes the extent, causes, and consequences of sexual harassment and suggests specific action concerned parents and educators can take to mobilize public opinion and initiate change at the policy level.
Readers will find a wealth of specific information and resources: responsibilities of schools and teachers under current law; policies and procedures school districts should have in place; procedures for investigating a complaint; what victims of harassment should and should not do; 5 steps parents can take to eliminate harassment; 7 recommendations for developing an effective sexual harassment program; and examples of programs for change that are working.
In addition, appendixes offer a sample of a state statute, district policy statement, letter to a harasser, and harassment complaint form, as well as an extensive list of resources and references.
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