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.
Just Part of the School Day
Please refresh the page and retry. M ore than two thirds of girls and young women surveyed in four countries around the world have been sexually harassed over the last six months, according to a new study. Nearly three quarters of the young people of both sexes surveyed had witnessed negative or offensive attitudes towards women in the last six months. T he ActionAid survey found that girls in Kenya were the most likely to face harassment with 74 per cent saying they had been exposed to it in the last six months, compared to 64 per cent in Brazil, 57 per cent in India and 48 per cent in the UK. M ore than one in ten 12 per cent of even the youngest girls interviewed in the UK aged 14 to 16 said they worried about being sexually harassed every day, the survey found. This number increased to 41 per cent among girls the same age in Brazil. S exual harassment was more tolerated in India than in the other countries: 16 per cent of respondents in India said that being forced to kiss someone was acceptable, compared to five per cent in the other countries surveyed. And 15 per cent of Indian respondents said that upskirting was acceptable compared to six per cent in the other countries. In Brazil, catcalling and wolf whistling are common with around 40 per cent of respondents being subject to one or other in the last six months. Y oung people predominantly believe that education is the answer.
In the spring of , a group of students at a Boston-area high school staged a walkout to protest what they said was daily misogyny and sexual harassment at school, including instances of sexual violence among students. Boys catcalled and groped girls in the hallways and stood near water fountains leering at them as they leaned over to drink. Two boys from the school were suspended after the protest. This has to change. As part of the report, Making Caring Common , the project we lead at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, conducted a national survey of to year-olds in which 87 percent of respondents reported they had been the victim of at least one form of sexual harassment. Similar majorities had never had conversations with their parents about various forms of misogyny. As parents, we need to do better. We need have specific conversations with our teens about what misogyny and sexual harassment mean, why they are so harmful, and how to combat them. Below are six tips for parents for engaging in meaningful, constructive conversations. Adults need to explain what these violations mean and provide specific, concrete examples.
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.