Sheldon Kennedy tells U.S. Senators more education needed to fight abuse

By Sheldon Alberts WASHINGTON — When Sheldon Kennedy learned the details of child sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, they must have sounded all too painfully familiar. A trusted authority figure. Vulnerable kids. Missed signals. And a sporting community, then a nation, stunned that it could go on so long. Kennedy, a former NHL player who was sexually abused by disgraced junior coach Graham James, told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday it’s Read More

Mark Curran, 7-Year-Old, Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment (VIDEO)

By Laura Hibbard A 7-year-old boy at South Boston’s Tynan Elementary School is under investigation for sexual harassment after he struck a boy in the groin, The Boston Globe reports. The boy’s mother, Tasha Lynch, says her son, Mark Curran, was only defending himself after the other boy allegedly choked Curran on a school bus Nov. 22. "I think my kid was right to fight back," Lynch toldThe Globe. "He wasn’t doing anything except protecting Read More

Commentary: Address Sexual Harassment in Adolescence Before it Festers Unchecked in Adulthood

Newswire Sexual harassment and assault claims against people in leadership roles have topped media headlines this month; little attention, however, has been given to examining the issue of peer-to-peer sexual harassment in schools, even with a striking report that was recently released showing that nearly half of all seventh through twelfth graders experience this in school. Experts on teen dating violence, Nan Stein, Ed.D., senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley Read More

SURPRISING NEW FACTS ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

By Benjamin Radford A new report released yesterday states that nearly half of students in grades 7 through 12 experience sexual harassment in school. The report, “Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School,” was published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and based on an online survey of 1,965 students (1,002 girls and 963 boys). The report has caused a furor. A New York Times headline reported, “Widespread Sexual Harassment of Students in Read More

Officials struggle with anti-bully regulations

By Debra Winters WAYNE – The state’s new anti-bullying law regulates students’ behavior on and off school property and school officials say it demands more time than they have to offer, leaving little or no time for anything else. The law went into effect Sept. 1 and since then, school officials in Wayne have been working diligently, training over 2,000 employees from teachers to bus drivers, each requiring two hours of instruction. "It’s difficult to Read More

Dealing with gay students, bullying in very different ways

By Chris Welch Minneapolis (CNN) — Jared Pettingill’s parents wanted a safe place for their son to attend school where he wouldn’t be harassed for being gay. They found that place in the Minneapolis Public School district. “It’s just been really accepting in my experience,” says Jared, a high school junior. He says he’s “never really dealt with bullying issues” in middle school or high school. “The amount of positive reaction to LGBT issues is Read More