In a 1992 survey of girls in grades 2 through 12, 89% of the respondents said they had been targets of unwanted sexual gestures, looks, or comments.
What's the difference between flirting and sexual harassment? Flirting can be fun, you take a willing part in it, and it's playful and harmless. Sexual harassment is not fun. It may take the form of an unwanted or lewd remark, a note with sexual content,
- Don't ignore it — that won't make it go away. If you feel uncomfortable or scared, tell someone.
- Keep a written record of any incident. Include names of witnesses if there are any. Save any notes that are sexually explicit.
- Tell the person to stop. With the help of a trustworthy adult, write a letter describing the harassment and demanding that it stop and deliver it to the harasser. Save a copy of your letter.
- Never blame yourself for the harassment. Remember that you are not trapped or helpless. Your parents and school officials can help you.
- Notify a guidance counselor, teacher, or principal who will believe you and will do something. If all else fails, send a letter to your state's department of education describing what happened.