Stand UP’s “13 Reasons Why We Stand Up for Social and Emotional Health” for the #GreatGive17 is designed to connect within the community, become educated on social and emotional health topics, and provide resources for and support those struggling. This blog is to share information about the importance of identifying and learning more about "harassment" in general, brought to you by one of our senior captains.
Harassment is defined as “the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of an individual or a group.” Though there are different types of harassment, the most common form amongst teens is sexual. More often than not, it occurs in this simple phrase: “I’ll stop bothering you if you… ” Recent studies show that teens who are in relationships are more susceptible to sexual harassment by their boyfriend/girlfriend than teens who are not in relationships. Repeatedly asking for unwanted sexual behavior, constantly questioning his/ her boyfriend’s girlfriend’s every move, and restricting what his/ her boyfriend/ girlfriend wears all fall under this umbrella term. This occurs in over 10% of all teen relationships. One of the biggest issues with sexual harassment is this: almost all victims do not realize they are victims. Many Senior Women Making Waves members agree that they thought their past relationships had issues that thought were normal. However, after considering the issues after breaking up, each member confirmed the realization: the issues they deemed “normal” were not normal. Rather, they were issues of sexual harassment. “You won’t ______- that means you don’t love me!” was a common phrase shared by the members, which they initially took as jokes. Analogously, each member agreed to initially misunderstanding this behavior and not interpreting it as sexual harassment. This is why our members are so passionate about bringing awareness to harassment, so future generations do not misinterpret inappropriate behavior and repeat the same mistakes. By donating to the Great Give, you support workshops and mentoring that educates elementary, middle, and high school students on appropriate behavior in friendships and relationships, as well as bringing awareness to the community as a whole as well.
Written by Paige Adams, WMW Senior Captain