Fifty percent of our neighborhood children in grades 7 through 12 have been the victim of some form of sexual harassment during school hours according to a new study released this week. Today’s topic is about Sexual Harassment. These are alarming statistics but there is no outcry and no protest. If this was anything else, it would be classified as a pandemic. We would be covering our homes in plastic wrap, spraying our entire bodies with repellent and popping drugs that have never been tested just to be safe.
In case you didn’t know, sexual harassment is against the law! Sexual harassment can be verbal (comments about your body, spreading sexual rumors, sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories), physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing or mooning, touching and pinching in a sexual way) or visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures) Sexual harassment can happen to both boys and girls.
If you or someone you know is a victim of any form of sexual harassment, you need to tell someone who can help. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not your fault. The one who is doing the harassing is the one that is wrong.
Victims of these matters are often embarrassed to complain or even more often, intimidated by the harasser. It is important for you to know that you are not alone. There is help out there. The motto of the civic group that I head is “Neighbors helping Neighbors” and I have always found that there is more good in the world than evil and good will always prevail. It is so very important that we are all aware that this is going on and that we all must work together to stop it. Let’s talk about it. I look forward to your comments on my blog.