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Sexual Harassment

            Sexual harassment is one of the biggest problems facing our schools, sporting events, and businesses today. It is very rare that a significant amount of time goes by without some kind of reminder that sexual harassment is a social problem. Sexual harassment is a growing problem in government agencies, schools, sporting associations, and the many businesses of the world; however, many corporations are now adopting new anti-harassment policies to try to counteract this growing problem. .
             The definition of sexual harassment is any unwanted or inappropriate sexual attention. Sexual harassment can take place in many forms which can include touching, looks, comments, or gestures. A key part of sexual harassment is that it is one sided and unwanted. There is a great difference between sexual harassment and romance or friendship, since those are mutual feelings of two people. Often sexual harassment makes the victim feel guilty, but it is important for the victim to remember that it is not their fault; the fault lies totally on the person who is the harasser.
             Sexual harassment is a major problem in public schools, colleges, and universities. Surveys on college campuses show the number of respondents reporting to have been sexually harassed ranges from 40-70 percent. However, contradictory to popular beliefs, only two percent of campus harassment cases involve a professor demanding sex in return for a good grade. Most cases involve male and female students. Junior high and middle schools have shown the biggest problems with sexual harassment mainly because of their immaturity and out-of-control hormones. As for in the high schools, usually students don't think anything about it when harassment happens, but many schools are now cracking down on it.
             As for sexual harassment in sports statistics are sky-rocketing. Eighty percent of athletes surveyed say that they are aware that sexual harassment takes place in sporting events whether it be in athlete to athlete or coach to athlete settings.

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