Sexual Harassment and Bullying: A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountableby Susan Strauss
Bullying in schools is often discussed, but sexual harassment in schools, and how it differs from bullying is often overlooked. In fact, though, sexual harassment (committed both by fellow students and school personnel) is more common and yet more easily and quickly dismissed by those involved, though its consequences for the victim can be profound. This book
Bullying in schools is often discussed, but sexual harassment in schools, and how it differs from bullying is often overlooked. In fact, though, sexual harassment (committed both by fellow students and school personnel) is more common and yet more easily and quickly dismissed by those involved, though its consequences for the victim can be profound. This book provides parents, teachers, school officials, and others with a framework comparing and contrasting sexual harassment and bullying as they relate to the behavior, laws, and impact on children. The author describes the responsibility of the school district and how parents and other adults can navigate the schools' policies, barriers, and responsibilities. She argues that children should not be subjected to bullying OR sexual harassment, that it is the school's responsibility to make the harassment or bullying stop, and that parents and other caring adults often need to be involved and advocate for the child, even against resistance from those in the school system. Throughout the book the author uses examples of actual cases that have made it to the courts and have been precedent setting and cases in which she has been involved as an expert witness or as a consultant. Resources for readers are also provided at the end of the book.
“This is a group of people that just overwhelmingly are the victims of bullying and harassment”- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn
“The world swooned earlier this month when President Barack Obama gave gay marriage his personal blessing, but his administration’s efforts to combat bullying may actually be his more valuable contribution”
“it’s important for parents to know that if the school doesn’t respond, they can file charges with the state’s Department of Civil Rights”
In a new book, the Eden Prairie author says that what often passes for bullying might actually be harassment, and she argues that parents shouldn't be so quick to use the bullying label if their children are being intimidated due to their gender, race or sexuality.
Bullying offers little legal recourse for victims, but state and federal laws set criminal penalties for harassment and allow victims to sue school districts that fail to prevent it.
[Strauss] described the book as a how-to guide for parents to keep schools accountable for their response to harassment and differentiating it from bullying.
"If you're just wanting to get it to stop and the school responds and makes it stop, wonderful. The label probably doesn't matter," she said. "It's when it doesn't stop that the parent needs to know" when it's harassment or when it's bullying.
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Susan Strauss RN Ed.D., is a harassment and bullying consultant, trainer, and speaker for schools and workplaces. She is an expert witness for school (Title IX) and workplace (Title VII) sexual harassment lawsuits. Susan consults with clients in the development of harassment and bullying policies, investigates complaints of harassment and bullying, and counsels repeat offenders to diminish the misconduct and create a more respectful and discriminatory free work and school environment. Her publications include Sexual Harassment and Teens: A Program for Positive Change, and numerous journal articles, book chapters, curricula, and other works focused on sexual harassment and bullying in schools and at work. She is an associate faculty member at DeVry University and University of Phoenix.
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As a mom of a transgender child that has been the subject of relentless harassment during the school day I found this book incredibly helpful. It helped me understand the difference between harassment and bullying and that what my child was subjected to was something the school administration was legally responsible for stopping. I think too often parents think they have no recourse, or that their situation falls into the category of 'kids will be kids,' but this book showed me that our child has the right to learn in a safe environment and that what used to be thought of as typical kid behavior is unacceptable and governed by the law. I purchased 10 copies and have given them to teachers and principals in my school district as well as a representative from the Human Rights Commission.