What to do when K-12 schools don’t follow Title IX – Adele P. Kimmel

In this excerpt from Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School! Public Justice Senior Attorney Adele P. Kimmel explains schools’ responsibilities to address sexual harassment and assault. Watch the full video at http://bit.ly/2q6dVqt and Part 2 at http://bit.ly/2pvZZs8 Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School! is an empowering video for middle and high school students, K-12 parents, schools, and community organizations. It’s about gender equality in education, students’ protections under Title IX, and much more. As high school students plan for their new gender equality group, we watch them interview nationally recognized education, legal, and LGBTQ experts and learn from counselors, advocates, and students. The video provides practical information on how to address sexual harassment and assault when it impacts a student’s education. Students and experts present powerful yet simple ways to make schools safe and free from sex discrimination. Visit SSAIS.org/video to learn how to bring Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School! to your audience free of charge. Share it widely using the Presentation Guide to start the conversation!

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Love is All You Need? full length movie

All You Need Is Love? highlights a teen living in a world that exists in opposition to the one we live in now.

In this short, the terms “gay” and “straight” and the conceptions and cultural stigmas attached to them are completely reversed. What makes this video so powerful is its inclusion of family and community, showing that intolerance can fester in any number of places. Honest performances and a beautiful message, this short film is one not to miss.

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Sexual Harassment Common in Schools

November-07-11

Sexual Harassment Common in Schools

According to a study released by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 48 percent of students in grades 7-12 experience sexual harassment, either in person or through texting, emails, or social media platforms. Catherine Hill, director of research at AAUW, stated, “It’s reached a level where it’s almost a normal part of the school day. It’s somewhat of a vicious cycle. The kids who are harassers often have been harassed themselves.”

AAUW conducted the survey in both private and public schools and polled over 1,000 girls and some 963 boys. The study found that girls were more likely than boys to experience sexual harassment, with 56 percent of girls indicating that they had been harassed compared to 40 percent of boys. In regards to the gendered nature of the harassment, the study stated, “Too often, the more comfortable term bullying is used to describe sexual harassment, obscuring the role of gender and sex in these incidents. Schools are likely to promote bullying prevention while ignoring or downplaying sexual harassment.”

Moreover, only 9 percent of the students who indicated that they had been harassed reported the incident to a school official, such as a teacher or guidance counselor. The report calls for each school to develop, publicize, and a sexual harassment policy.

Media Resources: Huffington Post 11/7/11; Washington Post 11/7/11

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Ex-Principal In Harassment Case

POSTED: 9:59 pm PDT August 22, 2011

Diane Young Says Then-Superintendent Patrick Judd Sexually Harassed Her

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — A judge has ruled in favor of a former Mountain Empire High School principal who was let go months after she accused the school district superintendent of sexual harassment.

Former principal Diane Young told 10News, “We think we’re living in the 21st century as far as women and we really aren’t.”

She said the emotional wounds that former district superintendent Patrick Judd inflicted on her will never fully heal.

“It was so painful that for the first time in my life, I ended up taking anti-depressants,” said Young.

After the trial, the judge awarded Young $150,000 for emotional distress. The ruling came five years after Young said Judd asked her to go to a motel with him while she was principal at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.

Young said when she turned him down, Judd then approached her several times requesting oral sex.

“You just hurt all over and you don’t know where to go with it,” she said.

Shortly after, Young says several more women came forward with similar stories.

“How many more are there in the district this happened to that did not speak up?” she asked.

Judd later resigned. More than a year later, Young was told to leave by a new superintendent. Young called it retaliation.

“He is a friend of Mr. Judd’s,” she said.

That is when Young filed suit against the Mountain Empire Unified School District.

After San Diego Superior Court Judge, Joel R. Wohlfeil ruled in her favor, he stated in court documents that the $150,000 award “…will not replace the sense of fulfillment [Young] was retaliatorily deprived of as a principal.”

“It is just a relief that this is finally out and acknowledged,” Young told 10News.

10News called Judd to get his reaction to the verdict. He told 10News, “No comment.”

10News also reached out to Daniel Shinoff, the attorney for the Mountain Empire Unified School District for comment, but 10News’ phone calls were not returned.

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Settlement reached in girls’ harassment, bullying suit against Tawas Area Schools

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:41 PM     Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:44 PM
LaNia Coleman | The Bay City Times By LaNia Coleman | The Bay City Times The Bay City Times
 

BAY CITY — Tawas Area Schools officials have agreed to an undisclosed settlement in a civil suit filed on behalf of two former students who claimed they were sexually harassed, threatened and bullied by peers and teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights initiated the lawsuit, which named the district and two administrators as defendants, in November 2009.

The claim stem from incidents in 2006 involving an 18-year-old senior who later confessed under oath that he exposed himself to two female students at school, court records show.

The young man served 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to criminal charges that stemmed from a police investigation into the girls’ complaints.

According to the civil suit, district officials did not prevent the young man from retaliating against his accusers.

The incidents were discussed between teachers and became fodder for the gossip mill with townsfolk choosing up sides and, many times, taunting the girls in public, calling them at home, sending them e-mails and posting threatening comments on social networking sites, the plaintiffs claimed.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington signed an order dismissing the case. The order was predicated upon the defendants paying “certain monetary sums” to each of the girls. 

Court records do not identify the plaintiffs.

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