Sexual harassment, as a form of sex discrimination, is therefore prohibited in education settings. Sexual harassment may be carried out by administrators, trustees, educators, school staff, students, third-party service providers, visitors and others. It provides opportunities for personal, social and academic development and is important for future employment and integration in society. The school setting is one of the first places that children learn to relate to and interact with one another. It is often in relation to their peers that children begin to perceive themselves and the world around them. Evidence from several sources shows that sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment, happens often.
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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Preventing and effectively addressing sexual harassment of women in colleges and universities is a significant challenge, but we are optimistic that academic institutions can meet that challenge—if they demonstrate the will to do so. This is because the research shows what will work to prevent sexual harassment and why it will work. Changing the current culture and climate requires addressing all forms of sexual harassment, not just the most egregious cases; moving beyond legal compliance; supporting targets when they come forward; improving transparency and accountability; diffusing the power structure between faculty and trainees; and revising organizational systems and structures to value diversity, inclusion, and respect.
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Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination based on sex. When someone is sexually harassed in school, it can undermine their sense of personal dignity and safety, disrupt their education, and interfere with their ability to reach their full potential in life. If left unchecked, sexual harassment in the school setting has the potential to escalate to violent behaviour, including sexual assault. A student experiencing sexual harassment may stop doing their school work and taking part in school-related activities.
Much of the public discussion about the impact of campus sexual assault cases in recent years has focused on the toll on victims and increasingly on the rights of the accused. But college leaders have grown concerned, too, about the financial impact on their institutions, and a new report from United Educators actually quantifies that burden. Over a five-year period, United Educators -- a member-owned insurance cooperative that insures hundreds of colleges and universities -- received reports of about 1, cases at its member institutions in which a student reported being sexually assaulted.