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Tracking sexual harassment down to its roots

Any Florida resident who has been through junior high school knows that there is no other place where more sexual harassment happens. Perhaps, since this is sexual harassment that involves children, it is a little more forgivable than when sexual harassment is committed by adults. After all, adults know better than to engage in this damaging behavior, and children might still need to be educated about why this behavior is so hurtful.

Nevertheless, sexual harassment in junior high school must be stopped, children need to be educated, and they also need to be punished and held accountable for the abuse. Indeed, late last month, yet another teenager -- this time in Texas City, Texas -- committed suicide by shooting herself in her attempt to alleviate the pain of sexual harassment and bullying being perpetrated against her via social media and text messaging.

Teenagers are so sensitive, and most of them don't know where to turn or who to talk to when they are victimized by sexual harassment. According to one report, approximately 43 percent of junior high school children had been victimized by sexual comments, jokes, gestures and other forms of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, when schools and parents allow this behavior to go unchecked, it becomes a habitual practice by bullies, which can bleed into the adult workforce.

One might think that sexual harassment would end at junior high, and for many people it does. However, for Florida residents being sexually harassed -- or harassed in any other way -- at their workplaces, it can feel like they are re-living the worst of their teenage years. If you are being harassed by superiors or co-workers at your workplace, you can put a stop to the harassment right now by contacting an experienced Florida employment law attorney to discuss the facts surrounding your abuse.

Source: Science Daily, "Sexual harassment common among middle school children, study finds," Dec. 09, 2016

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