Our Prevention staff draw from the most recent research and best practices in health education and social norms change to deliver teacher training, school-wide public health programs, classroom-based abuse prevention education, after-school clubs, policy review, and athletic interventions.
Sexual Harassment policies in schools are driven by Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act. Our nation has a long and complicated history of its enforcement and the liability of public schools regarding gender inequality. SARA staff provide training for administrators, faculty, bus drivers, and other staff that focus on federal requirements, the reality of sexual harassment across the nation and locally, and the steps that schools can take to keep their students safe.
The most important things for you to know:
If dress codes are enforced more strictly than sexual harassment policies, students get the message that schools care more about their appearance than whether they respect each other. Also, because of how dress codes are written and enforced, students may perceive that the way girls dress is more likely to be judged than the way boys treat girls. These are extremely damaging messages, and contribute to a society in which the response to sexual abuse goes something like, “Well what was she wearing? Was she asking for it?” This is one reason why so many abusers are never held accountable for their actions.
When training your faculty about Dress Code enforcement, it is important to include gender sensitivity training. SARA Educators provide this training on a regular basis. Please contact us for a free training for your faculty, tailored to your school’s needs.
We focus on helping faculty understand: