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This paper presents an overview of the affects of sexual harassment on middle schools and discusses what can be done to prevent it. This paper suggests that school personnel must educate students about sexual harassment, and videos can be a particularly effective way to do this. Recent studies have shown that 81 percent of all students, grades 8 through 11, experience sexual harassment, which can originate from other students, both males and females, or from educators themselves. Sexual harassment is not about sex. Rather, it is about power; harassers like to have their own way and they make sure that others are afraid of them. This situation is exacerbated by the signals that girls receive from the advertising and entertainment industries, which often portray women as sex objects who dress up to receive attention, be it unwanted or not. Research has shown that sexual harassment affects the victim in five principal areas: physically, emotionally, in school performance and experiences, in both their immediate and later futures, and in job-related situations. Prevention is important and one way to ensure awareness of sexual harassment is through speakers, classes, and seminars. (RJM)

Descriptors: Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Prevention, School Law, School Role, School Security, Sexual Harassment, Student Development

Autor: Dore, Betty; Jackson, Janet


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