Sexual Harassment and Bullying: A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable

Author(s): Susan Strauss

Sexual Abuse | Sexuality & Health | School Guidance | Bullying

Bullying in schools is often discussed, but sexual harassment in schools, and how it differs from bullying is often overlooked. In fact, though, sexual harassment (committed both by fellow students and school personnel) is more common and yet more easily and quickly dismissed by those involved, though its consequences for the victim can be profound.

This book provides parents, teachers, school officials, and others with a framework comparing and contrasting sexual harassment and bullying as they relate to the behavior, laws, and impact on children. The author describes the responsibility of the school district and how parents and other adults can navigate the schools' policies, barriers, and responsibilities. She argues that children should not be subjected to bullying OR sexual harassment, that it is the school's responsibility to make the harassment or bullying stop, and that parents and other caring adults often need to be involved and advocate for the child, even against resistance from those in the school system. Throughout the book the author uses examples of actual cases that have made it to the courts and have been precedent setting and cases in which she has been involved as an expert witness or as a consultant. Resources for readers are also provided at the end of the book.


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A probing a deeply clarifying examination of the twin problems of sexual harassment and bullying, including a nuanced discussion of the differences between the two types of peer-based misconduct. Using practical examples and in-depth legal analysis, Susan Strauss offers a refreshingly clear-eyed look at these frequently misunderstood topics. Sexual Harassment and Bullying offers an invaluable roadmap for parents and community leaders committed to keeping children healthy and safe. -- Travis Hicks, editor, Educator's Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment A great starting point for many important topics for educators and families who face such issues with their children and students-easy reading on difficult subjects. -- Nan D. Stein, Ed.D, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women The book is terrific! I found the book to be an exhaustive analysis of a complicated, evolving, and dangerous threat to our school environment. I find it a MUST READ by those who are charged with the responsibility of our children in schools because it is a road map to avoiding the many pitfalls of mislabeling sexual harassment as bullying. -- Dick Tieszen, trial lawyer A must read for parents and educators, this should be the go-to book for school harassment. Not only does Strauss write professionally and logically, but her accessible style gives parents the tools to take charge of their child's safety. Her in-depth research makes this book both an excellent crash course for parents and a must in professional study for educators. A copy of Sexual Harassment and Bullying needs to be placed in every school official's office and every student's home. -- Laura Goetz, LGBT Advocate,mediator, parent Susan Strauss provides a comprehensive understanding of what is required to keep students safe and how to hold schools accountable when they fail to do so. This book should be required reading for anyone concerned about the safety and well being of children in school. -- Jamie Nabozny, Safe School Advocate

Susan Strauss, Ed.D. is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant on sexual harassment and bullying in schools and workplaces. She facilitates training, conducts investigations, and functions as an expert witness for lawsuits around the country. Dr. Strauss has authored book chapters, articles in professional journals, written curriculum and training manuals, as well as authored the book, Sexual Harassment and Teens: A Program for Positive Change. She has been featured on The Donahue Show, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs, and she has been interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as the Times of London, Lawyers Weekly, and Harvard Education Newsletter.

1 Introduction 2 1. Sexual Harassment, Title IX, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights 3 2. Sexual Harassment of Elementary and Special Education Students 4 3. Harassment of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Students 5 4. Bullying 6 5. The Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Bullying and Why it Matters 7 6. Cyberharassment and Cyberbullying 8 7. Impact of Sexual Harassment 9 8. Why Don't Schools Stop Sexual Harassment and Bullying? 10 9. The Causes and Contributing Factors 11 10.Additional Laws 12 11. Partnering With Schools to Keep Kids Safe 13 12. Holding Schools Accountable 14 13. Conclusion

General Fields

  • : 9781442201637
  • : Rowman & Littlefield
  • : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • : December 2013
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan Strauss
  • : Paperback
  • : 371.78
  • : 208
  • : 1 tables