by Marsha Rakestraw
While the recent #MeToo movement has amplified the problem of sexual harassment and violence, such violence has been a long-standing reality for women, children, and even men.
Sexual harassment and violence against others is embedded into our culture, and we often blame, dismiss, or vilify the survivors. We also tend to insist that they be responsible for not being assaulted, rather than targeting those who do the assaulting or focusing on shifting our cultural worldview.
These challenges begin at an early age, when we fail to teach young children about consent, bodily integrity, asserting our boundaries, healthy relationships and sexuality, and even compassion and respect for others.
And by the time young people reach adolescence, sexual harassment is a “normal” part of school life.
A reality that is as pervasive as sexual violence is in our culture needs to be addressed in schools.
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