Stalking and sexual harassment may be inflicted by a classmate or a school staff member, or may occur between two students of the same sex. These acts and behaviors are often combined with retaliatory threats in case the victim reports the facts reported. Moreover, perpetrators often do their best to ensure that there are no witnesses.

Did you Know it?

• According to a 2001 report of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), four out of five U.S. students — both boys and girls — complain of sexual harassment at school from verbal taunts to unwanted touching.
• In AAUW’s 2006 report, 62% of female college students and 61% of male college students report having been sexually harassed at their university.

What to Tell Children (excerpt)

• As soon as possible, talk about any form of harassment to a confidant, counselor, or school nurse.
• Refuse to submit to any kind of fondling.
• Do not isolate yourself if you are a victim of harassment. You’ll allow your aggressor to feel powerful and invulnerable.

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