Jefferson Community College’s Campus Action Project: Bully Culture: Understanding It and Overcoming It
Jefferson Community College, New York
Bully Culture: Understanding It and Overcoming It
The project objectives were to raise awareness of sexual harassment of students in grades 7-12 and to provide educators, students, parents and community advocates with the tools to prevent and to stop harassment of students.
Using the research and resources of Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, the CAP team created a documentary on the reality of sexual harassment in grades 7-12. The documentary showcased where sexual harassment was happening how it is displayed. The students collaborated with the local public television organization to conduct interviews on the issue of sexual harassment and best practices for preventing and stopping harassment. The 20-minute documentary is available on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2.
Downloadable materials include:
- Film flyers
- Program pamphlet
- Film study guide
- “Real Points on the Imaginary Line: Sexual Harassment at School” Documentary. Available on YouTube Part 1 | Part 2
- SUNY Jefferson, “JCC & AAUW Co-host Bully Culture Workshop Mar. 3”
- WNYF Fox News, “Conference on Bully Culture: Understanding It and Overcoming It”
- Watertown Daily Times, “JCC to tackle bullying at conference”
The Jefferson County and St. Lawrence Count AAUW branches held a day-long conference on the topic of Bully Culture on March 3, 2012. Holly Kearl, former manager of the Legal Advocacy Fund program, was featured as the keynote speaker. The two branches also partnered with Clarkson University students, law enforcement groups, regional victims’ assistance organization and Jefferson Community College to design the workshops for the conference.
The CAP project film was premiered at the conference and subsequently made available free of charge to area schools, community organizations and the AAUW network. This conference on Bully Culture was well attended by a cross section of educators, administrators, professionals, college students and parents. The audience was engaged and reacted with positive energy during the discussions.