A campaign to promote awareness and inspire action to counteract pervasive sexual harassment and sexual violence in K-12 schools.
Three Pivot Points for the #MeToo Movement
by Julie Stern, content lead for American Federation of Teacher’s Share My Lesson and eLearning platform.
Last year marked an important moment for women’s rights and brought sexual harassment to the forefront of the news cycle. Time magazine’s Person of the Year was a collection of women who were honored for being “the silence breakers.” A new hashtag of #MeTooK12 emerged to shine a light on the issues facing students and staff in schools. Read more >
#MeTooK12: Centering Young Students in the Fight to End Sexual Violence
by Sabrina Stevens, Senior Digital and Mobilization Manager, National Women’s Law Center
A few weeks ago, when #MeToo was first beginning to spread online, I was chatting on a friend’s Facebook wall after she wrote a piece asking whether schools should teach boys to respect girls. Read more >
Parents: You Can Become the Agent of Change for Title IX Policies in Your Schools
by Susan Moen, Executive Director, Jackson County (OR) SART
Most parents are not aware of deficiencies in their schools’ response protocols for sexual harassment and assault–until their own child (or a friend’s) experiences the life-altering harm that can result. Read more >
Sexual Abuse in DC Schools: Parents and Locally Elected Officials Demand Answers
by Denise Krepp and Danica Petroshius
We’re writing at the request of Stop Sexual Assault in Schools to illustrate how communities can address inadequate data on sexual harassment and assault in public schools. Because K-12 schools aren’t required to provide this data to the public, locally elected officials and parents in Washington, DC are working together to create greater transparency in public, private, and charter schools. Read more >
From survivor to advocate: demanding change in the Portland, OR, school district
by Annabelle Schwartz[See Annabelle’s activism online: Oregon Live, KATU-TV, Planned Parenthood video]
My name is Annabelle Schwartz, I am 18 years old, an activist, and a survivor of a peer sexual assault. It took me a long time after my initial experience to realize what had happened… Read more >
What adults can do about K-12 sexual harassment and assault
Watch video by civil rights attorney Jeffrey Caffee.
Prevent retaliation when reporting K-12 sexual harassment
Watch video by civil rights attorney Iliana Konidaris.
Exposing a Sexual Abuse Scandal at a Private School
writer, and victims advocate
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#MeTooK12: How can we end sexual assault in schools?
by Beth Hoover, Communications Manager and Violence Prevention Trainer at Power Up, Speak Out! and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Red Lodge, Montana.
For too long, survivors have heard that if “something” happened to them – like sexual harassment or assault – it was probably their fault. With the avalanche of survivors coming forward, we’ve started to hear different narratives in media outlets that give educators and advocates hope for change. This hope is largely due to the hashtags #MeToo and #MeTooK12. Read more >
The Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Betsy DeVos’s High School Alma Mater: What It Means For Every Student
by Esther Warkov, Executive Director, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
There are phone calls a parent never wants to get. We received one such call, informing us that our daughter had been raped on a school field trip. Read more >