Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Campus and in Schools 

The AAUW Educational Foundation released its research report, "Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus," on Jan. 24, 2006. According to them, "This report presents the most comprehensive findings to date on sexual harassment on college campuses." A little over-rated in my opinion. Anyways the whole report is not available for free. Here are some interesting report findings:

Nearly one-third of students (35 percent of female students and 29 percent of male students) say they have experienced physical harassment, such as being touched, grabbed, or pinched in a sexual way.

Most students don't report sexual harassment to a college employee, and many tell no one.

The most common rationale for harassment (59 percent) is "I thought it was funny." Less than one-fifth (17 percent) of those who admit to harassing others say they did so because they wanted a date with the person.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are more likely than heterosexual students to be sexually harassed.

There is no mention about comparing rates of harassment perpetration from non-heterosexuals to heterosexuals. Plus the fact there is also no mention of any investigation or study control measure to see how many people had perpetrated harassment and were not admitting it in the study. I wonder what the stats for that would be.

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