Children and teens should be trained to fight sexual harassment

Children and teens should be trained to fight sexual harassment
A serious issue in the modern world is sexual harassment: there are many victim of it each day, everywhere. Be it on the street, but even at work or in public places, but also at school. Many people just assume that it's a problem related only to adults, when in reality many young people, children and teens, are by far pretty common victims as well. Without any proper education on how to fight it, or even how to recognize it, they can't do too much and are subject to serious consequences. We need teaching programs, projects and everything else we can do to teach about about the matter: what a child know about sex? Not so much, at least many of them don't. If we teach them how to recognize a sexual harassment (of any kind! There are so many) many problems would be avoided. Teach them to recognize, to avoid, to refuse, to REPORT! Because there is also need for a punishment, is something pretty serious if made towards the youngs! Do you agree?

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Anonymous

Absolutely

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Teens should be educated about boundaries and about how to discern when others are abusive to them. They should be taught to immediately report any sort of harassment so that it can be stopped and so that the party committing this heinous act can be brought to justice. Teens need to be empowered and supported, especially while going through puberty, and they need to be protected from predators at all costs.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-15-2017
centurion

Yes. This is necessary.

Basically if you see over the worldwide maps- there have 17 Bengali states in this world. Every day there are huge rapes on going. If children learn the technique for avoiding the sexual harassment form the small childhood than there will be no rape news for the future time on here. Here rape cases are dangerous and you will get astonished by hearing any rape incidents. Like a small child has been getting raped for the whole night.

Thanks Centurion

Posted by centurion on 08-11-2017
TheArticulate

Yes

I think sexual harassment is an incredibly important topic. These issues effect not only students at school but people in the work force or in other facets of everyday life. If it comes down to it, teens could be trained how to fight sexual harassment, but I think it's more important they learn how to identify it as soon as possible (because sexual harassment can sometimes seem innocent and hard to spot at first before it escalates) and then take action to get away from it or stop it.

Fighting it is always an option too, given the dangerous nature that harassment can take at times. I have female friends who do their best to not walk to their cars alone after dark and always carry some sort of weapon or pepper spray in case they are messed with. One of my friends puts her keys between her knuckles to use as a weapon in case she's attacked on the way to her car.

Posted by TheArticulate on 08-10-2017
Mehano

Absolutely!

I completely agree with you. I remember that we never had any sort of lessons that would talk about sexual harassment. Not one single lesson in all of those years of education. It is pretty sad because it is a very important topic and issue that is everywhere around us.

Instead of stuffing the kids with useless information, we should adapt the curriculum so they would have things like sexual harassment and other important topics in them. Children have to know how to recognize and report it. They need to know that it is a serious issue and that it is nothing to be ashamed about.

I hope that this changes in the near future!

Posted by Mehano on 08-11-2017
Jonathan Solomon

Of course

Sexual harassment is a touchy subject that needs to be discussed from an early age. It's a problem most people face on a global scale that's neglected to be talked about properly. Because of this neglect, millions of people experience sexual harassment in different degrees every day. I think if it was talked about more, the issue could be dealt with better. But I'm not an expert in this, nor have I ever experienced sexual harassment thankfully. I try to play my part in the fight against sexual harassment to the best of my abilities. And personally, I feel training children in the fight against sexual harassment is the right step forward.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-12-2017
BigDreamer

Of course

Of course children should learn about sexual harassment. If we teach them about it, it will help keep them safe from it. Sexually harassment can start in schools so our children need to be prepared.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-10-2017
peachpurple

A must

Yes, indeed, in fact children should be taught how to defend for themselves against sexual harassment when they are studying in school. Teacher in charge should be teaching children what is it about and how to be trained to defend for themselves as they grow up to be teenagers.

Most children do not know what it is and thought that relatives or family members do not harm them . However that is not true. There are many cases where step parents, siblings or cousins or relatives that were the abusers instead.

Hence, it is a must to train children and to give them the knowledge.

Posted by peachpurple on 08-11-2017
Neiltarquin

Prevention is better than cure

I agree to this 100%. No matter how careful you are and how watchful you are with your kids. There will still be that chance that something might go through unnoticed. Teaching kids to protect themselves gives you at least a bit off assurance that things may be on your favour.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-10-2017
wallet

I agree!

Children and teenagers should be trained or taught at school about sexual harassment. There are kids that have no parents, or their parents think that talking about sexual harassment or sexual education is important, but it is very important. If a child is more prepared he can protect himself much better or if something happens it will not be ashamed or afraid to talk about this.
Posted by wallet on 08-11-2017
VintageRose

Yes, but...

I absolutely agree we need to give children and teenagers all the weapons needed to fight sexual assault, because they need to know their bodies, need to know how to say "no", and also need to be aware of their surroundings.

However.

I also think it's important to teach them NOT to harass. We put a lot of emphasis on teaching how to defend, and not ENOUGH on teaching not to rape. Rapists and sexual offenders were children once, too, I believe that if we try hard enough to teach children to respect boundaries AND defend their own, we will have a safer future.

Posted by VintageRose on 08-10-2017
Joteque

We need those extra peer of eyes to see the bigger

Sexual harassment affects everybody because family ad friends and people as a whole exist as a community. Children would be among the more vulnerable set because irrespective of social media and the news and groups, they are still likely to be caught off guard if the are unaware of the signs. Once children are equipped with the knowledge and are able to report suspicious activities and relate to their peers and adults and groups then this will lessen the chances of these activities from developing.
Posted by Joteque on 08-10-2017
zheh

Definitely agree

By this era we should all be open minded about this topic because almost everyday there are more and more cases of sexual harassment. We always see it in news. Harassing a child is really unforgivable. Although most parents and teachers don't want to discuss sex with their children we should learn how to let them understand the do's and dont's with interacting with other people. And the government should really give attention to this cases. Give the right sentence to those criminal doing this disgusting crime to kids.
Posted by zheh on 08-15-2017
Gettingmile

A serious topic to talk about

This is a really serious topic to discuss.Sexual harassment is very popular in the world today, especially among our female children. To fight this issue it's not the work of one person, everybody is involved: The government Parent Teacher and so on. Every day we hear many stories about this atrocity ( father sleeping with his child, a very young girl kidnap and raped, etc ) Just this week, a news reported that a girl of age 12 was forcefully rape by a 74years old soldier, can you imagine? a child of 12years! The funniest thing is that even some parent are shy to discuss this topic with their children. I think what we should do is: The general public should be educated about the topic. Government should provide the necessary amenities for the society such as security and establish a law against the act. Parent should inform & guide their children ( they should be aware and know where their children are per time )
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-10-2017
this_free_spirit

Begin Teaching

Children and teenagers should most definitely be taught about sexual harassment! In this day and age of social media and TV/movies, the youth are more exposed to sexuality than you can imagine. With that exposure needs to be conversations and teaching them about what is appropriate, what is okay, how to recognize something that isn't okay, how to speak up, and who to speak up to. I'd already known that teenagers were dealing with things more so than I did at their age, but I had no idea until this year how young kids are when they start encountering things. I was a second grade teacher this year and learned first hand that even eight year olds might have too much exposure to sexuality (in this instance it was because of movies the kid watched that the family didn't think about being inappropriate). Even if the children don't understand what they are seeing, hearing, and then repeating or mimicking, it still can become a HUGE issue. An eight year old boy should be telling little girls that he will teabag them. If you are a parent, I implore you to be open with your children so that they know how to take care of themselves in situations and how to report to a trusted adult. As a teacher I do my best, but I believe we are all teachers and should all look out for the youth in our community and society.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-10-2017
Goshen26

yes, self defense should be taught

It is very important that self defense should be given to teens. If he/she finds his/her self in such what is the next thing to do. You will be surprised that i said 'he'? Yes, there are abuse on male kids too, only that female rape is rampant. But, parents should teach their kid, mostly females, on how to sit in public, some little girls do not know how to sit in public places without opening their pants. Parents should also endeavor to teach their wards decency in dressing.
Posted by Goshen26 on 08-15-2017
Tania997

Absolutely

They absolutely have to defend themselves by any means necessary. I'm so against sexual harassment, especially on kids, that I won't hesitate to give any of my children a gun if it helped them keep creeps and pedophiles away. I don't really agree with people talking about clothing and decency, my children should be able to wear what she wants without worrying about mentally ill people. Of course if she's going to school she should wear something that respects the etiquette and the place, but I'm not going to yell at her if she's wearing something a little more revealing at a party.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-17-2017

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Corzhens
I think the issue of sexual harrassment is already known by teenagers these days because of social media. That is one benefit from social media - the sharing of articles that warn people on crimes. With sexual harrassment, there are so many cases in the news about young girls being lured by older men to a trap and you can guess what's next. We never stop teaching the youngsters to be aware of sexual harrassment and how to avoid being in a trap. In other words, for the girls, they have to beware of the men and boys as well. For the boys, they have to beware of older women and gay men who are the aggressive type.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-10-2017
overcast
I think we have to revise the western laws and have to take local perspective. I have noticed that western laws are very regressive. For example, I remember one man who was playing with his own kids was arrested because one woman though it was pedophile. I have seen a lot of paranoia from west. So one has to consider what is sexual harassment and we have to also see how people are getting accused. So it all depends on how it comes around.
Posted by overcast on 08-10-2017
TheArticulate
I suppose you have a point. Sometimes I wonder about the "paranoia" people see in the west though. As a U.S. citizen and resident in the midwest, I can tell you that harassment is taken very seriously in my city in particular because of the dangers of human trafficking in my city. My city is considered a hub because it's nearly in the center of the U.S. and has two major interstate highways passing through it which it makes incredibly easy to get in and out of the city quickly. Because of this, there's been a large number of trafficking cases in my city.

This isn't entirely related to sexual harassment necessarily, but it's an important topic in my community. A man and woman were arrested just last week at a shopping mall in my city because there were approaching young kids and acting very suspiciously. There were arrested after being reported and trying to get into a "getaway" vehicle which had been patrolling the parking lot while they were in the mall. It's scary stuff, and I don't think we can emphasize how important it is to teach young kids the importance of staying safe as well as how to combat harassment.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-10-2017
Marvadaum
Absolutely! Not only kids should be taught that at school but adults as well. There should be a self-defense course for women being given for free at every company. Sexual harassment is a serious topic and the only way to fight it is to use the same tools the criminals do.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-10-2017
simplym
Absolutely it is important for children, teens and even adults (who are not aware - was never taught) should be taught to fight sexual harassment, any harassment and stand up for themselves. It is very important for parents' to teach these to their kids, allow them to go to training or even a short lesson in school too.
Posted by simplym on 08-10-2017
galegatling
Definitely. I always believe that as long as you teach your children the wrongs and rights whenever they are young, and you keep doing that everyday until they understand what you are saying, then they should already have enough knowledge to fight such crimes when they are at their teens. And always teach them to do not talk to strangers under whatever circumstances. Proper guidance from the parents is always necessary in a child's growth specially to things such as harassments.
Posted by galegatling on 08-10-2017
explorerx7
It should be standard procedure nowadays that at home and at school, children should be taught about sexual harassment and how to possibly counteract it. I guess that the area that some people may fail to properly educate the children on, is the possible ways of attracting help as much as possible when the need arises. Some people mostly seem to concentrate on the touching aspect.
Posted by explorerx7 on 08-10-2017
kgord
I think that people should be taught to fight sexual harassment. However, it takes different forms. What one person would not consider sexual harassment another would. I think it is important to recognize the different types and forms of sexual harassment, and how to cope with it.
Posted by kgord on 08-10-2017
SimplyD
I do agree. Though, since they are still young and cannot understand much yet about sex, they should be taught on what constitutes sexual harassment and they should also be taught not to be afraid to tell their parents about it. The teachers should also be taught on how they can also teach their pupils signs that they are already being sexually harassed. I think through this, they are now equipped with some knowledge as to what they should do when they have been in that situation.
Posted by SimplyD on 08-11-2017
vinaya
A kid that is sexually harassed will grow up to become a troubled adult. he may even end harassing others. Therefore, sexual harassment should be dealt carefully especially amongst the kids. The kids should be trained to defend themselves, teaching them martial arts can help. They must be taught to hit on the weak spots, genetials for instance, when they are in trouble.
Posted by vinaya on 08-11-2017
fishmonk
I believe kids should be properly exposed to such forms of education. They need to be prepared to learn to protect themselves physically and mentally from such dangers.Sexual harassment is a serious issue and requires proper attention.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-12-2017
rose thornes
I agree. This should be taught in school, to children and teenagers. We should teach our kids as young as we can of what is sexual harrashment, in this way we can protect them and guide them on how to protect themselves. There is a lot of sexual harassment happening around us it could be in the bus, while walking in the streets and it could be a great help if the women would know self defense to protect themselves. This can be start at school teaching everyone what is sexual harassment and how to defend yourself and how to deal with it.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-12-2017
hermessantos
Yes for sure! But the most important thing is to have rigid laws to punish criminals who abuse children. Parents should also always be attentive to people who approach their children.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-13-2017
amitkokiladitya
Sexual harassment of kids and teens is one of the most disgusting and unacceptable attributes of the present society. The first method of dealing with this is to create proper awareness among kids. Most of the kids are unaware of the term sexual harassment. Lack of knowledge given by parents and teachers is the main underlying reason. Most of the parents feel shy in discussing this with their kids. But parents must realize that this might prove really harmful. Secondly, the kids and the teens must be raised in a manner that they feel free to discuss their problem with their parents. Most of the cases go unnoticed because the children fail to share the truth. Moreover, it is important that a strict action is taken against the defaulters. The punishment must be such that the very thought of it renders fear.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-14-2017
DanoCath
This is really a MUST. Sexual harassment must be put to stop and children's right must be protected.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-17-2017