Title

Taking Toll: The Impact of Sexual and Gender Harassment in the Lives of Middle and High School Students

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Children's Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States

DOI

10.1007/978-94-6209-197-9_5

ISBN

978-94-6209-197-9

Abstract

Middle school and high school are difficult spaces traversed by adolescents. Caught up in the midst of one of the most challenging developmental stages of life, adolescents are simultaneously trying to individuate from others (parents and peers), while trying to fit in with peers and the larger social context. There are many adults who fondly reminisce about their high school days, recalling that time as happy and hope-filled. But, for many young people, those days are anything but care-free. Many students experience sexual and/or gender harassment during their middle and high school years.

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