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Sexual harassment is a serious problem for students at all educational levels. Students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as vocational schools, apprenticeship programs, colleges and universities can be victims of sexual harassment. This problem is more common than you might think because many students are scared or too embarrassed to report sexual harassment.
On June 8, former Penn State student James Vivenzio filed a complaint in Pennsylvania court alleging his fraternity was responsible for hazing and sexually abusive activities. Among other things, he alleges the fraternity chapter of Kappa Delta Rho maintained a Facebook page with photos of drunk and unconscious nude women, some of whom looked like they were being sexually assaulted. Fraternity pledges were given alcohol and sometimes drugs to facilitate sexual assault and abuse, the complaint alleges.
Workplace sexual harassment is internationally condemned as sex discrimination and a violation of human rights, and more than 75 countries have enacted legislation prohibiting it. Sexual harassment in the workplace increases absenteeism and turnover and lowers workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Yet it remains pervasive and underreported, and neither legislation nor market incentives have been able to eliminate it. Strong workplace policies prohibiting sexual harassment, workplace training, and a complaints process that protects workers from retaliation seem to offer the most promise in reducing sexual harassment.
The last two years have witnessed a surge in attention to the issue of sexual assault in higher education. Campus rape has become the subject of new legislation, inspired a White House task force, and dominated news headlines. This Feature documents the centrality of these financial harms to the educational barriers women and other student survivors face, arguing that if one hopes to guarantee gender equity in education, Title IX must be understood to allow for recovery of costs attributable to this discrimination.
National Academies report says sexual harassment is costly to science and that compliance-based approaches to curbing it don't work. Promoting civility and otherwise managing research and learning climates is more effective, it says. To effect real change, colleges, universities and research centers must move beyond treating harassment like a legal problem and treat it like a cultural one -- one with major implications for institutional and scientific excellence.
Meeting Title IX requirements should be the minimum, not the maximum, of what higher ed institutions do to support their staff and students. The sexual misconduct secret is out. The metoo movement revealed the dirty underbelly of higher education: workplace sexual harassment in the STEM fields, rampant sexual assault in sororities and fraternities, professors offering recommendation letters in exchange for dates.
The Kavanaugh scandal is an opportunity to finally talk about the economic toll sexual assault takes on our society. I recently did a straw poll of the women in my life and realised that I know more survivors of sexual assault than I do mothers. The national statistics are staggering - according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, "one in three women … in the US have experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
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