Combating Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Our Schools

Patricia H. Jenkins, Temple University

Because the incidence of rape is highest among young people and because most children have difficulty identifying sexual harassment and sexual assault, there is an urgent need for prevention education among school-age children and adolescents. Prevention education is crucial for protecting children and adolescents and for educating teachers with knowledge and skills to assist and protect student victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Rape crisis centers, police departments, and community organizations are developing innovative educational programs for children that increase their knowledge about gender roles, sexual aggression, and sexually abusive behavior. This paper describes the efforts of a rape crisis center in Philadelphia, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), to develop and implement a prevention program for boys and girls in grades (K-12 in the Philadelphia School District.

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Updated 05/20/2006