The issue my team and I decided to focus on was faculty abuse. More precisely, we wanted to focus on the abuse of power professionals in schools have on students which can lead to sexual harassment. In many circumstances, teachers for instance, think that because they are in a position of power, it is okay for them to behave inappropriately.
Some examples of sexual harassment are really important to mention because they come in all kind of forms.
Here’s some examples
– asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or a favour
– repeatedly asking for dates, and not taking “no” for an answer
– making unnecessary physical contact, including unwanted touching
– sing rude or insulting language or making comments toward girls and women (or boys and men, depending on the circumstances)
– calling people sex-specific derogatory names
– making sex-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics or actions
– saying or doing something because you think a person does not conform to sex-role stereotypes
– posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures or cartoons, sexually explicit graffiti, or other sexual images (including online)
-making sexual jokes
Once we had figured out what our subject was going to be, we then focused on the goal which would be to present what kinds of behaviours are acceptable and which ones aren’t then try to make these behaviour disappear in academic environments. My team and I had many ideas we wanted use as a way of intervention to this issue. First, we wanted to create a poster that would make others students on campus aware of the issue as well. On that poster, we presented a conversation between a teacher and a student. On that poster, the teacher would ask the student: “We can discuss your assignment over drinks?”. This conversation clearly shows how the teacher is behaving inappropriately. Also, we wanted to create a website similar to rate my teacher but change it to ‘rate my creeper’. It would give the opportunity to the victim of faculty abuse to not only rate their creeper, leave comments about how they were treated and also by seeing comments from other students, it will make them realize that they are not the only victims which may push them to come forward.
At last, I do think our project would be successful and would push students to come forward. There is a multiple number of reasons why I think our project would be a success. One of the main reason why is because of the fact that we are also students, we personally can relate to them and can also be in the same situation has them. Another major reason would be that because of the website, students are allowed to give comments anonymously which would push them to talk about them being victims of the issue.
Sexual harassment in education (brochure). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/sexual-harassment-education-brochure
Know Your Rights. (2018, January 21). Retrieved from http://stopsexualassaultinschools.org/know-your-rights/