Week 30 -- "Crossing the line" -- Grade 11

Week 30 -- "Crossing the line" -- Grade 11

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Crossing the line.

Brief Summary: Sexual harassment can be a serious problem in schools and the problem is more common than you may think.  A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women found that forty-eight percent of surveyed middle and high school students nationwide in public and private schools (approximately 1,000 girls and 1,000 boys) said they were sexually harassed at least once, typically by their peers, during the 2010-2011 school year.    Sexual harassment is real and it is important to understand what it is and how to help your teen not become a victim and to help stop it.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • The general definition of harassment is defined as any conduct that annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety.  This could include making derogatory comments or slurs about someone‚Äôs gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  Harassment is against the law.
  • Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of ways: unwanted touching, gestures, comments or jokes from peers as well as adults promising better grades in exchange for sexual favors, etc.
  • Although physical harassment is common, verbal harassment such as unwanted comments and sexual jokes typically is the most frequent way students were sexually harassed.
  • It is common for teens to not report being harassed.  The following are some of the most reported reasons:
    • Had limited or no proof to prove that it actually happened
    • Feared retaliation by the harasser
    • Were embarrassed and did not want family and friends to know about it
    • Did not believe those in authority would take it seriously
    • Did not know how to report the incident

Continue the Conversation:

  • What is the difference between joking with someone and crossing the line where it could be considered harassment?  How do you know?  What are some signs that you can be aware of that can help you not cross the line?
  • What is the difference between flirting and going to far with showing your interest?
  • If you have been the victim of harassment, what do you need to do to report?  Who do you trust knowing they can help you with working through being harassed?

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