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Confronting Sexual Harassment

Judith Berman Brandenburg

192 pages
Teachers College Press
Judith Brandenburg describes how schools can confront sexual harassment within their own communities and how they can become models that educate students to deal with sexual harassment in the larger social setting. In addition to explaining the theoretical, psychosocial understanding of sexual harassment, she gives schools and colleges the bases to comply with the law quickly and effectively while developing long-term plans of action. The book covers all educational levels and gives special focus to sexual harassment occurring during off-campus activities and to the problem of peer harassment. It guides the reader through existing policies, procedures, and educational programs from around the country, and lists case studies based on the author’s actual experiences. Brandenburg presents a balanced view that is fair, reasoned, and sensitive to all individuals involved and the institution. Concluding this important work is an annotated guide to print and media tools for change and thorough answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions about sexual harassment and schools. Contents: Defining the Problem and Its Scope • Legal Responsibilities of Educational Institutions • Origins of Sexual Harassment • Creating Policies and Grievance Procedures • Educating to Raise Awareness • Developing Educational Strategies