Sexual Harassment in Our Schools: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know to Spot It and Stop It

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Allyn and Bacon, Feb 1, 1994 - Education - 223 pages
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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Dr. Robert J. Shoop is a professor of Education Law, senior scholar in the Leadership Studies program at Kansas State University, and the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Professor and the Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Awards. He has served as a teacher, community education director, school administrator, and as Ohio State Evaluator of Students Rights and Responsibilities. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books including: Sexual Exploitation of Students: How to Spot it, and Stop It (2003), A Principal's Quick Guide to School Law: Reducing Liability, Law Suits, and Other Potential Legal Tangles (2002), Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students (1996) (co-edited with Dr. Bernice Sandler), How To Stop Sexual Harassment In Our Schools (1994), A Primer For School Risk Management (1993), and School Law for the Principal (1992). Dr. Shoop is the co-producer of six educational video programs including: Sexual Harassment: What is it and Why Should We Care?, Sexual Harassment: It's Hurting People, and Preventing Sexual Harassment. These productions have received national and international recognition including: First Place Award, 1996 National Council of Family Relations Annual Media Competition, 1996 Gold Award of Merit, Houston Film Festival, 1995 Golden Camera Award, International Film and Video Festival. Dr. Shoop is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Law Association and has consulted with national associations, community colleges, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, and educational organizations throughout the United States. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television talk shows including The Today Show with both Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, ABC's 20/20, MSNBC with Lester Holt, CNN, Day and Date, The Jim Bohannon Show, The Oliver North Show, The Mark Furman Show, The Mark Walberg Show, and Outside the Lines with Bob Ley. He is sought after as a speaker at national conferences and has served as an expert witness in over forty court cases. He earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

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