Study: 48% of Children are Sexually Harassed in Middle and High School
POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:37am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:18pm
A new national survey shows a startling trend among middle and high school students.
The report details the prevalence of sexual harassment among 7th through 12th graders. The research, conducted by the American Association of University Women, surveyed nearly 2,000 students in May and June of this year and found 48% of kids reported being sexually harassed. 87% of those said it had a negative effect on them.
The survey revealed a kind of disconnect among students who admitted sexually harassing others. 44% said they didn't think it was a big deal. 39% percent said they were just trying to be funny.
Educators and advocates aren't laughing and say parents need to be aware sexual harassment isn't just a grown-up problem. As part of the survey researchers also asked students for ideas to reduce sexual harassment in their schools.
The top recommendation: Creating a process that allows students to anonymously report problems.