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Tackling sexual harassment


Activity sheet: What is sexual harassment?

Look at these situations:

Situation 1:

There is a group of boys in the school yard. They gather near the entrance to the
girls' toilets. They pick on some girls, but not others. Some girls tell them to get
lost; some just laugh at it; some ignore it; some are really upset and affected by

There is one girl they always harass, and try to flick her school uniform up as she
goes past. They also make sexual comments and remarks to her. They always make sure
that there are no teachers around when they do this.

They have told other students that there's no harm in it - it's just a bit of

Situation 2:

There is a boy who is very friendly with a group of girls. He doesn't mix with the
sporty males. They call him names and pick on him whenever they can, especially in
front of the girls.

He starts to avoid places where these boys hang out, so starts to spend more time
alone, and away from a lot of the school facilities. Some of the girls stick up for
him, but most just walk away when he is being harassed by the gang of boys.

Choose one of the cases above. Think about why the harassers are
doing the action, how the harassed kids feel, what other possible actions could be
taken, what the implications are for those involved and for the whole school.

Summarise your ideas on each of the questions in the spaces below. Comment on it
from each of the following points of view:

The student being harassed


One of the harassers


A friend of the student being harassed


A friend of the harasser


A bystander


A teacher on yard duty


The parent of the student being harassed


The parent of the student harassing others



Discuss your ideas with your classmates. Did they come up with similar responses to

Work together to discuss the following questions. Write down the major points raised
by your classmates.

Why do people harass others?


How does harassment make the target person feel?


What are the best things a person who is being harassed can do about


You see someone being harassed - what are the best things you can



Now that you have considered the legal definition of sexual harassment, go back and
look at the answers you gave in the quiz in the first activity sheet. Would you change
your responses based on your new knowledge about the definition of sexual