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By on November 7, 2011

Sexual harassment is pervasive in nation’s schools

In the newly released report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, sexual harassment is shown to be pervasive in the nation’s schools.

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 2010–11 school year, and the majority of those students (87 percent) said it had a negative effect on them.

The report includes recommendation for prevention. Administrations are recommened to make preventing sexual harassment a priority. Educators need to respond and educate about this issue, and students can speak up and take action in their own schools.

The report was released by the American Association of University Women, an organization that previously released the groundbreaking reports, Hostile Hallways (1993) and the 2001 follow up report, Hostile Hallways: Bullying Teasing and Sexual Harassment in School.

Click here for more information about this report.

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