Our sexual harassment initiatives are long-term avenues for sexual harassment prevention, as they focus on implementing sexual harassment education programs in schools, in addition to improving reactive measures already in place through Title IX offices.
At the collegiate level, sexual harassment prevention has a long way to go. For instance, in the United States, Title IX Coordinators and offices often fall short of supporting survivors. However, at a K-12 level, sexual harassment is discussed much less and education regarding it is scant. Our initiatives work to inform students of their rights concerning sexual harassment, help students locate resources, and work with schools to improve Title IX responses for survivors of sexual harassment.
Currently, we are building student-based coalitions in Seminole County, Florida and in Frisco Independent School District (Texas) to advocate the need for reform in sexual harassment prevention and reaction programs. Students should be informed of who their contact is if they have been sexually harassed while at school, and that contact should be capable of providing informed advice, and accommodating the mental health support survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault may need. We are fighting to make sure that schools actualize these needs students have.
Our directives for sexual harassment initiatives center around teaching consent, informing students of their rights under Title IX, and increasing mental health support for survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault.