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Re: sexual harassment

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Ginny Rockwood (
15 Dec 1998 18:29:12 GMT

I learned in psychology class that if one ignores a behavior, that eventually
, with no attention given to it, it will stop. Not so with sexual harassment.
It will only increase. If you observe it with your students or experience it
yourself, you must report it. My school has clear policies on sexual and
racial harassment which are explained to both teachers and students via
workshops and training. Given the incredible financial settlements made to
victims of harassment in school situations by school districts it makes sense
to know exactly what to do when it's observed and what the consequences are
for it. And document every situation. Years down the line someone may decide
they want to sue. A local family whose main source of income seemed to come
from lawsuit settlements sued me and my school 3 years after the alleged
racial incident. However, I had documented the incident and had taken
immediate action by calling in the administration. We "won." But it was two
years of stress, going to court , and costly attorney fees. It can ruin a
couple school years. Don't take any chances. Be very well informed. If you
see it or experience it, take action.