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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law$
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Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098006

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098006.001.0001

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Sex in Schools

Sex in Schools

Who's Minding the Adults?

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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law

Deborah L. Rhode

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the struggle over sex in schools and how, over the last twenty years, much has changed, but much has remained the same. Sexual harassment now has a legal identity, complete with policies, procedures, and political infighting. However, while the problem has finally been acknowledged, a considerable distance still needs traversing in order to solve it. Too many educators still discount both the seriousness of harassment and their own responsibility for its prevention. The challenge that remains is to increase accountability throughout the educational process. The chapter identifies the obstacles to that end: first, problems in defining the problem must be addressed, and second, appropriate responses must be structured. This requires more adequate public understanding, judicial guidance, and educational policies on fundamental issues.

Keywords:   sex in schools, legal identity, educators, harassment, accountability, public understanding, judicial guidance, educational policies

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