Sexual Harassment Targeting Teenagers
This chapter identifies the scope and nature of the sexual harassment of teenagers at work, at school, and in other surroundings, such as at the mall, social and sports clubs, prisons, and in the military. It reveals disturbing statistics that sometimes incorporate harassment by peers (between teenagers); however, this chapter focuses on the abuse of power by adults who target teenagers. The chapter also examines sexually charged messaging and discriminatory situations, often called “hostile” work or school environments. It explores how many incidents of teen sexual harassment are not severe enough to meet thresholds required for legal remedies. However every incident contributes to a teenager’s ambient influences. These influences may reinforce harmful sex role stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes about women, girls, and disempowered minorities. This chapter summarizes important facts about the sexual harassment of teenagers in a variety of contexts.
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