The Change We Seek for Girls
Sexual harassment and violence is an epidemic, and it starts at a young age. Still, as a society, we perpetuate attitudes and normalize behaviors that harm girls and follow them into adulthood.
We need to unite and take action to shift deeply entrenched norms, stop the sexual harassment and violence that girls face, and create a healthier, safer culture for all young people. The problem is vast but change is achievable. There are steps that each of us – youth, parents, educators, and concerned adults – can and must take to change the way girls and women are viewed and valued.
Think about your own values, feelings, and expectations of relationships first and then share what works with the teen in your life.
If you experience harassment, you may be afraid to say something and may not know what to do. But sexual harassment violates your civil rights, and under the law your school is obligated to do something about it.
Girls recognize outmoded gender stereotypes that limit their rights and they are ready for change. They also told us that adults play pivotal roles in their lives. What can you do to help the girls in your lives resist the stereotypes?
What can we say to encourage girls to advocate for themselves and others?
What are the definitions of “sexual violence,” “sexual abuse,” and “dating violence?” What can adults do to stop it?
What is the difference between bullying and sexual harassment?