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Are you a Sexual Harasser?

Sandra Sicbaldi


Students gain insight into forms of sexual harassment, and learn techniques to avoid threatening situations, unwanted effects, dating violence, myths and school and state laws governing sexual harassment.


The student knows the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health behaviors.

The student understands the short-term and long-term consequences of safe, risky, and harmful behaviors.

The student knows techniques for avoiding threatening situations.


-Video: What is Sexual Harassment? (21minutes)
-Stopping Sexual Harassment (20 minutes)
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(Teacher viewing guide available)

-Overhead projector or board, VCR
-Scrap paper if available
-Box (size of a basketball hoop)
-Lesson information: Facts about Sexual Harassment
-Websites listed below
-Internet access
-Copy of your school's sexual harassment policies
-Pre and posttest (see associated file)
-Copy of sexual harassment grading criteria (see associated file)
-Red and blue ballpoint pens


1.Order or obtain appropriate videos.
2.Go to websites and print out information (if needed)for lessons.
3. Have a copy of your school's sexual harassment policy.
4. If available, have scrap paper.
5. Have empty box about the size of a basketball hoop.
6.Create an overhead (or on board) Sexual Harassment Chart.
7.Duplicate copies of pre and posttest.
8.Duplicate copies of grading criteria for sexual harassment skits. To save paper put two copies on one sheet of paper.


Activity 1-
Sexual Harassment
Behavior/Unwanted effects/Myths/Laws/Prevention

1.The above chart needs to be visible on the board or overhead.

2.Tell students after they complete their pre-tests on sexual harassment they need to copy the Sexual Harassment chart. Have them copy the chart horizontally onto a piece of paper. Emphasize the chart needs to be on the paper horizontally.

3. Administer pre-test (15 minutes).

4 Ask the class what they know about sexual harassment. As students give information write answers under the sexual harassment chart that is on the board or overhead. Students should also be filling in their charts. Little participation can be expected at first. At their age most students are unclear or have little prior knowledge about this subject.

5. Explain to students that today they will be learning about types of behavior that could classify them as sexual harassers. They will learn what is considered sexual harassment, myths, how to avoid becoming a victim, school and state laws, unwanted effects and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that protects men and women from sexual harassment, not only in school, work places, but also when dating.

6. Show the video “What is Sexual Harassment (21minutes). (If your district has a video on this subject, use it instead.)

7. Discuss the video and ask what more can be added to the Sexual Harassment Chart. Add to the board or overhead. Students continue to copy and work on their charts.

8. Using teacher scrap paper if available, or paper split in half, have each student give examples (anonymous) of times they felt they might have been sexual harassed or sexually mistreated. When completed, have students wad the paper into a ball and throw into a large box in the front of the room. Read answers to class (with discretion) and discuss unwanted effects and the victim's feeling at that time.

Activity 2-
9. Present lesson:
Facts about Sexual Harassment

10. Present your school’s policies for sexual harassment. Look in student handbook or faculty handbook.

11. Present lesson:
Laws governing Sexual Harassment / Myths (Optional)

12. Ask if there are any questions. Have students get out their sexual harassment charts, tell them to use a red ballpoint pen and add new thoughts and ideas to their charts. The red pen tells you who came up with new ideas from your lesson on the facts, laws and myths of sexual harassment. Allow them time to work.

Activity 3-
13. Give an overview about the next video. The video shows gives examples of how to respond to offensive behavior, how schools are required by law to take action against and report any sexual harassment claims.

14. Show video: “Stopping Sexual Harassment” (20 minutes)

15. Divide the class into groups of three or four. Have groups brainstorm as many examples of dating violence they can think of. One member of the group records ideas on paper.

16. Have groups come together and discuss the group responses. Have a discussion or debate on the responses. Ask if there are any thoughts, comments or questions before you move on to the next activity.

17. Tell students to get out their sexual harassment charts, using a blue ballpoint pen this time, add new thoughts and ideas to their charts from brainstorming ideas and the stopping sexual harassment video. The blue pen tells you who came up with new ideas from paying attention to the video and discussion on dating violence. Allow time to work. Collect.

18. Put up the overhead of grading criteria for the next activity. Explain the chart and what your expectations are for grading the next activity.

19. Explain the next lesson: they are to choose partners (no more than three) teacher will assigned a response to each one of the groups. Groups are to brainstorm the situation that is considered sexual harassment. They are to role-play the situation, and outcome.
Possible outcomes:
-role-play negative effects, how a victim feels, etc.
-role-play how to respond to offensive behavior whether a target or a bystander
-role-play how not to become a victim of date violence
-explain how the school or state would handle the charges against you
-show examples of myths associated with sexual harassment
-show examples of techniques to use so you are not a target

20. Allow time to find a partner and work on the situation.

21. Give each group one handout of the criteria; have students fill in names at the top.

22. As groups are called to present their skits, collect the grading criteria handout for grading during their performances.

23. Give post test (20 minutes)


-10-item pre/post test (multiple choice, short and long answer questions) over facts, myths, laws, unwanted affects and prevention of sexual harassment.
-Discussion for use on sexual harassment chart
-Use visual evaluation when students are performing skits.
-Student assessment / class participation
(Please see associated file.)


Students may check out copies of the video if additional help is needed.
Sexual Harassment Chart is visible for copying, if necessary.
Extended work:
(100-word essay minimum):
Research sexual harassment cases that occurred during the last five years.
Current event on sexual harassment.
Ask adults in community if any form of sexual harassment has happened to them. Tell what, whom, where, and what action was taken.
Using the sexual harassment chart, create a situation and fill in information.

Web Links

Web supplement for Are you a Sexual Harasser?
Facts About Sexual Harassment

Web supplement for Are you a Sexual Harasser?
Men's Issues Page

Attached Files

This file contants a pre/post test and grading criteria.     File Extension: pdf

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