The story of high-school sexual harassment and assault is a complicated one.
It is one that is both difficult and complex to understand and to comprehend.
Here are a few of the key questions and concerns that the experts have about this issue: How is this problem being addressed?
When was it first reported?
How has the problem been resolved?
Is there any evidence that the problem is going away?
How can this problem be addressed more effectively?
Can students safely report this kind of behavior?
How do you address sexual harassment in a way that doesn’t place an undue burden on schools?
How much responsibility does a school bear for ensuring that students feel safe?
How does the school respond to this kind or occurrence of harassment?
And most importantly, what does it mean for students to know that their peers are safe?
As a community, we must all recognize that this is a serious issue that is being ignored by a number of schools, and we must address it.
The experts on this topic have some key points to share about what we should do and how we should be doing it.1.
We Shouldn’t be Telling Students to “Don’t Go to the Gym” or “Don´t Go to Gym” Again The National Academy of Sciences’ latest report on the topic of sexual harassment at high schools states that, “While most school systems have made some progress in reducing sexual harassment, students continue to be subject to unwanted sexual advances and harassment by peers.”2.
The College and Universities Are a Part of the Solution The National Association of College and University Advisors recently released a report on preventing sexual harassment by students, emphasizing that students should be given the opportunity to report the behaviors that they feel are inappropriate.
“Students should have a voice in deciding whether or not to report these behaviors and in the process be able to participate in a process that is respectful, safe, and supports the right of all students to feel safe and respected.”3.
It Is a Community Concern If Sexual Harassment is an Institutional Problem, How Do You Address the “Community Concern” of Sexual Harassing Students?
According to the report, there is an important community-wide focus to address the “community concerns” that can occur when sexual harassment occurs, and there are a number that are addressed in the school-wide response.
The report goes on to state that there are three types of community concerns: 1.
Sexual Harassings are not a part of the normal school environment.
The statement goes on and says that “students should not be expected to accept inappropriate behaviors as normal.”2