An Instructional Program For Adolescent Activities

How to Recognize and Stop Sexual Harassment

Note: each Appendix has a direct link to the page so you can print the Appendix handout sheet
Just select the Appendix you want to print

Case Study Activity

Pass out the handout (Appendix A) (select to print Appendix A):

Case Study Questions and Possible Response Check-List.

Read each case study from the scenario page (Appendix B) (select to print) and process each scenario using the questions:

Use the following check list as a discussion tool to help students evaluate what the victim should do in each scenario and evaluate their options when sexual harassment occurs.

____ Tell a friend

____ Tell a teacher (or other trusted school staff member)

____ Tell the school counselor

____ Tell the principal

____ Tell a parent/guardian

____ Ignore it

____ Take legal action

____ Write an informal resolution letter to the harasser

____ Drop the class

____ Join a support group

____ Follow the school sexual harassment policy and procedure

____ Get someone else to talk to the harasser

____ Other ____________________________________


Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting Brainstorming Activity (Appendix C) (select to print)

Sexual harassment is an ambiguous group of behaviors, which accounts for a large part of the problem. Its important to recognize that the same words and actions may evoke opposite feelings in different people. The deciding factor is the feelings a particular phrase, gesture, or behavior evokes in the individual on the receiving end.

Students can easily generate long lists of behaviors they consider to be sexual harassment and flirting. Taken from personal experiences and interaction that they observe, these sexual harassment behaviors range from the subtle, the same as flirting, to the violent. This activity will help students understand that sexual harassment is about the impact of the behavior on the receiving end - not the intent of it. Follow instructions on activity included as Appendix C.

What to do if it happens to you? (Appendix D) (select to print)

To be assertive when someone is sexually harassing you...

Evaluate the impact on you.

Respond verbally and with consistent body language about how it makes you feel.

Name the behavior clearly (tell what you think about the behavior)

Tell what you want to have happen.

Pass out handout: "What To Do If It Happens To You" (Appendix D)

Be sure that the local resource agency phone numbers are listed on the handout. If possible, include a copy of the sexual harassment policy and procedure for the school and compare the policy with the three step process on the handout. Allow time for questions and discussion about community resources.

What else can you do to help stop sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment resolution: (See Appendix E - "Worksheet for Resolving Sexual Harassment")

If situation is not resolved, more formal options include: (See Appendix F - Sexual Harassment and the Law)


A closing group evaluation is an effective way to give the participants an opportunity to hear from each other about what was learned from the session. You can simply ask the group to state "One thing that they learned," and give everyone a chance to respond. This will reinforce the important points.

The attached evaluation survey can be used to gather more detailed information about the session. (Appendix H)