Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources
Over the past year, our country has engaged in a public conversation about sexual harassment and assault. As we watch the cascade of accusations, admissions, and denials, we have to ask ourselves if we are capable of making a difference with the next generation. Addressing sexual harassment and assault with children and teens helps to build a culture of respect, dignity and equity for girls, boys, women, and men.
In the 2018-19 school year, the Santa Clara Unified School District will be providing district staff members expanded harassment training beyond its annual sexual harassment training so that staff can recognize, respond to and report harassment through the proper channels in a timely manner. This training will empower teachers to take a stand against inappropriate actions or misconduct by students and staff members to reinforce that harassment is not acceptable adolescent or professional behavior. This training will also facilitate increased support for students reporting sexual harassment.
Issues facing our society are often mirrored in our schools, as is the case with sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can happen to girls and boys; fellow students, teachers, principals, custodians, coaches and other school officials may be responsible. Students are experiencing the devastating effects of sexual harassment and more often than not, not reporting it to adults.
While it is a difficult subject to broach for young people and adults alike, we think some of the strategies presented on these pages should help reduce the discomfort and provide a safe and learning environment for all, and help students in recognizing, responding to, and reporting sexual harassment.