Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

U.S. School Peers Sex Harassment Common

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) — Peer-to-peer sexual harassment — considered a type of bullying — is experienced by almost half of U.S. middle and high school students, a report found.

“Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School” by the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization, was based on a nationally representative survey of 1,965 students in grades 7 to 12 conducted in May and June.

Catherine Hill, director of research at the association and one of the authors of the report, said sexual harassment by definition involves sex and gender, and therefore warrants separate attention from bullying.

Forty-eight percent of the students said they experienced some form of sexual harassment in the 2010–2011 school year and 87 percent said it had a negative effect on them, the study said.

Verbal harassment — unwelcome sexual comments, jokes, or gestures made up the bulk of the incidents, but physical harassment was far too common, the study said.

Thirty percent said they suffered sexual harassment by text, e-mail, Facebook or other electronic means, and many who were sexually harassed through cyberspace were also sexually harassed in person, the study said.

Fifty-six percent of girls said they were harassed versus 40 percent of the boys. Boys were most likely to identify being called gay as most troubling to them, while for girls being called a lesbian was also a common occurrence, particularly for female athletes, the study said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “U.S. School Peers Sex Harassment Common”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.