Can Schools Help Change The Sexual Harassment Culture?

Sexual harassment doesn't begin in adulthood. It is grounded in the earliest messages we get about men and women and how to treat one another. Choices about roles and relationships develop while young men and women are in our schools. Schools can become a breeding ground for the development of young women who are unsure of their responses when boys or men behave inappropriately. Or, schools can reinforce respect. Are young boys permitted the "boys will be boys" excuse for talk and actions that reduce the young women in their lives to objects?  These questions are now more complex as we embrace the reality of gay and transgender children growing up with gender identity and roles as well.  Read more...

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