Sexual harassment is a reality


What happens when you know something is wrong, but you don’t know what to do about it?What happens when you know something is wrong, but you don’t know what to do about it?

School is supposed to be a “safe place.” But after talking with many junior and senior students at this school, it turns out this is not always so.

Students were randomly selected to answer a simple question: “Have you ever had an uncomfortable situation with a teacher or staff member on campus?”

In a majority of the classes, we found a student who had a story. We were aware that this was an issue, but we were shocked to discover its magnitude.

After speaking to several students, we learned that this is a problem that must be addressed.

While listening to their experiences, it was clear that many students never took action against the perpetrators because they weren’t aware they could or they were ignorant of the process.

The steps of reporting sexual assault shouldn’t be something that victims are clueless about. The process should be an easy option for everyone, which it is. The problem is simply delivering the message.

Schools seem to put so much focus on bullying and drug prevention, and rightly so, but information regarding sexual harassment has been neglected. This isn’t a topic that should be brushed under the rug. It’s easy for adults to assume individuals would know what to do if such actions take place, though students need to be informed nevertheless.

It is ironic to portray high school campuses as “safe places” when students reportedly have been targeted. The fault is not among students.

Change is needed in this situation. Inform students, inform teachers. Emphasize the protocols, let them be known. Fear should not silence the truth.