unwanted sexual behavior, which interferes with your right to get
an education or to participate in school activities. Flirting is different
from sexual harassment because its effect is not threatening.
form of gender discrimination, which is illegal.
violation of your civil rights.
or demeaning conduct targeting someone's sex, sexual orientation (heterosexual,
homosexual or bisexual) or gender identity.
violation of laws that protect both male and female students and employees
from harassment by members of the same or opposite sex.
Some examples of conduct
which, if unwelcome, could constitute sexual harassment...
- Purposely bumping
or hurting someone because of their sex, sexual orientation or gender.
- Pulling up, snapping,
pulling down or grabbing another's clothing.
- Standing in someone's
way, standing too close or staring at or stalking someone.
- Hugging, kissing,
touching, grabbing or pinching.
- Pestering for dates.
- Making comments
about a person's body, body parts or rating people's bodies.
- Spreading sexual
- Using insults ,threats,
slurs or sexual jokes that target someone's sex, sexual orientation
- Displaying pictures,
posters, cartoons, drawings and computer generated images of a sexual
- Writing notes,
letters or graffiti that are sexually explicit.
- Making obscene
gestures or suggestive body movements that are sexual in nature.
How can you fight
- Don't harass or
encourage those who harass other students. Remember, "I was only
kidding" will never be accepted as a defense to sexual harassment!
- Give everyone respect.
Be sensitive to how others perceive your actions or words.
- If you are harassed,
tell the harasser that the conduct offends you and you want it to stop,
if it is safe for you to do so.
- Don't be a social
spectator. If you witness the harassment or bullying of others, you
can respond by reporting the incident to your Title IX Complaint Manager
or school administrator. Remember, doing nothing empowers the harasser.
- If the harassemnt
does not stop, report it. It's up to your school to investigate and
take action. There are many ways to deal with sexual harassment; silence
is not the answer. Ignoring it doesn't stop it!
- If a friend or
a classmate confides in you, listen with understanding and support.
Encourage that person to report the harassment!
What can you do
if you think you are being sexually harassed?
you find that any of your rights are being violated, you can do something
about it. It's your right!
Myths and Realities
Sexual harassment is rare.
Fact: Sexual harassment affects four out
of five male and female students at least once from Kindergarten to twelfth
Most sexual harassment is really just harmless flirtation.
Fact: The difference between good-natured
harmless fun and sexual harassment is how it makes the other person feel.
If your conduct makes another feel uncomfortable or angry, it may be sexual
People who complain about sexual harassment are just people who can't
take a joke.
Fact: Sexual harassment is never funny. Remember,
it is the effect on the victim, not the intention of the offender, which
defines an action as sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment cannot be stopped. It ís just the way things
Fact: Your school will not tolerate sexual
harassment. If you sexually harass someone, expect to pay a price.
Many students make up and report stories of sexual harassment to cause
trouble for other students or teachers.
Fact: Research shows that less than one percent
of all complaints are false. In fact, not only do students rarely file
false reports, they tend to not file complaints even when they are justified
in doing so.
If you ignore harassment, it will go away.
Fact: It will not. Research shows that harassers
generally will not quit until they are confronted. Ignoring such behavior
will probably be seen by them as agreement or encouragement.
The harmful effects of sexual harassment are greatly exaggerated.
Fact: In a recent nationwide poll, 70% of
students in grades 8 through 11 regarded sexual harassment in their school
as a serious problem.
Even if you report sexual harassment, the school probably won't do anything
Fact: If your school finds out that there
has been sexual harassment, it has a legal obligation to stop it and make
sure that it does not happen again.
- Take your verbal
or written Title IX complaint to the school administrator or Title IX
to your Title IX Complaint Manager within six months from the date the
incident occurred. You have the right to a timely and informal resolution
at the school site.
- If you are not
satisfied with the school site resolution, you can file a written complaint
appeal directly with the Local District's Title IX Designee within 15
days of receiving the school site decision. This will begin the formal
investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.
- If you are not
satisfied with the Local District's response, you may appeal their decision
by writing or calling the Title IX Coordinator in the District's Educational
Equity Compliance Office or by writing to the California Department
of Education Office of Equal Opportunity.
Where Can I Obtain
Further Information or Assistance?
- At Your School:
Ask to speak to the school's Title IX Complaint Manager.
- At Your Local
Ask to speak to the Local District's Title IX Designee.
- At the District's