Celia Ziliak has endured sexual harassment since she was 11 years old, but upon entering high school, she says it became routine: There was the boy who stuck his hand down his pants while talking to her about how pretty she looked. There was the groping by a boy that landed him congratulatory pats on the back from friends. This year, as a year-old junior, Celia says she was groped by a friend. So she did: the Kentucky student founded S HE Matters , a movement for sexual harassment education in Kentucky schools aimed at reducing peer-to-peer sexual violence. A year-long study by The Associated Press found roughly 17, official reports of sexual assault by students from fall to spring
PERSPECTIVE | Harassment isn’t contained to adult workplaces
Just Part of the School Day
It concludes with concrete recommendations and promising practices for preventing sexual harassment directed at school administrators, educators, parents, students, and community members. We hope readers will be inspired to take new steps toward making schools free from sexual harassment. Full Report. Sexual harassment is part of everyday life in middle and high schools. Nearly half 48 percent of the students surveyed experienced some form of sexual harassment in the —11 school year, and the majority of those students 87 percent said it had a negative effect on them. Verbal harassment unwelcome sexual comments, jokes, or gestures made up the bulk of the incidents, but physical harassment was far too common. Sexual harassment by text, e-mail, Facebook, or other electronic means affected nearly one-third 30 percent of students.
Rhitu Chatterjee. A new survey offers the first set of nationwide data on prevalence, showing that the problem is pervasive and women are most often the victims. Back in October , women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment. The MeToo movement went viral, spurring a national and global discussion on the issue.
The poll by charity Plan International UK examined the exposure of young females to conduct including catcalling, groping and upskirting. More than 1, girls and women were asked about their experiences in public settings, for instance when they are in the street, on transport, travelling to school or work, or in a park, bar or club. Overall, 66 per cent said they had experienced unwanted sexual attention or sexual or physical contact in a public place. Plan International UK is calling on the Government, local councils and police to acknowledge street harassment as a form of violence against women and girls. They want to see change, and we all have a responsibility to help make that happen. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.