Sexual Harassment

A Civil Rights Violation

No West Virginia criminal law applies specifically to school and workplace sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment is considered a civil rights violation of U.S. and/or ...

Sexual Harassment in Detention

The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 addresses sexual abuse that occurs in correctional facilities, including sexual harassment. It defines sexual haras ...

Prevention

Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in institutional settings. Institutions begin taking steps to prevent sexual harassment by (Adapted from EEOC, 2002): &n ...

How Often Does Sexual Harassment Occur

Unfortunately, it is common at school. In an American Association of University Women 2010-2011 survey, almost half of the students in grades 7-12 experienced some form of sex ...

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment happens when one person uses sexual words, gestures, looks or touches that may make another person feel uncomfortable or unsafe.  It can include offering aca ...

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, conduct of a sexual nature and requests for sexual favors. It must explicitly or implicitly affect a person's employment, ...

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Forms of Sexual Harassment

There are two forms of sexual harassment in schools and workplaces:   Quid Pro Quo ("This for That"): Employment or educational decisions that are made on the condition th ...

References

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. (2001). Hostile hallways: Bullying, teasing and sexual harassment in school. Washington, DC: American Associat ...

What to Do If You Are Harassed

If you feel uncomfortable and/or think that someone's behavior is inappropriate, trust your own judgment.   Recognize that ignoring sexual harassment typically will not ma ...

Feelings Caused by Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can cause victims to feel:   Powerless, helpless, guilt and anger Self-blame, depression, lowered self-esteem Isolation Rejection by peers Concern ab ...