Pick-Up Line or Crossing the Line?November 15, 2011
This post is part of a series focusing on sexual harassment in middle and high school, launched in conjunction with the release of AAUW’s latest research report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, which was supported by the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle and the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund. Follow @AAUWResearch on Twitter for updates.
Every student deserves to learn in a school environment that is free from harassment. As part of AAUW’s efforts to make that a reality, we invited educators and experts to speak on a panel at the National Press Club today for the release of our latest report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School.
Rosalind Wiseman, educator and author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and numerous other books and articles on children, teens, parenting, and bullying; Kedrick Griffin, senior director of programs at Men Can Stop Rape; and Ileana Jiménez, educator at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York shared their experiences and wisdom with us about what to do to prevent sexual harassment.
High school students from The New School of Northern Virginia in Arlington, Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., joined us and asked thoughtful questions of the panelists.
Take some time to watch highlights from the event in the video clip below.
Today we also released a public service announcement (PSA) aimed at a student audience that asks whether a student is using a pick-up line or crossing the line. Please share this PSA with teenagers you know and encourage them to visit the AAUW website for information on how to respond to harassers and create change at their school.