by Tam’sanqa Mhepoh | @campusmoments | Interactive post
To end this blog series on sexual harassment on campus, here is a curated list of resources, ranging from multi-media, social media posts, online publications and press reports. These are to help you further understand this problem and how to possibly deal with it.
Sexual Harassment has been in the news over the first quarter of 2017. Citing a baseline survey conducted by the Female Students Network of Zimbabwe published in 2016, reports say that between 74 and 98 percent of female students in the country’s tertiary institutions have been victims of this abuse. The culprits are male lecturers, male non academic staff and male students.
What is disturbing though is that victims do not recognize instances of abuse and if they do, they may not know where or how to seek redress. Go ahead, empower yourself with these resources below:
Flirting or Hurting. (DVD)
Even for adults, it can be challenging to figure out what actions and words constitute flirting and what behaviors cross the boundaries into sexual harassment. For middle schoolers, who are just making their entry into a more complex social world, these distinctions are often beyond their grasp. This program uses a blend of realistic dramatic scenarios, on-screen narrators and a round table discussion featuring real students to show young viewers the difference between real flirting (welcome, wanted, respectful and fun) and hurting (unwelcome, unwanted, one-sided, makes you feel bad). Viewers learn what it means to cross the line—whether in person, through texting or on-line—and are reminded of the serious consequences for both the target and the harasser. Helpful “flirting” tips are offered by an expert as well as advice on how to react to behaviors that are not appropriate or welcome.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
available from : http://www.hrmvideo.com
2. #ThatsHarassment :
Social media campaign
Based on true stories, the short films illustrate various environments in which harassment occurs: a bar, photography studio and television show set, as well as the doctor’s, lawyer’s and politician’s offices. Here’s a blog with a commentary for you to understand why exactly all the scenarios are harassment. I’ve included one for this sample video.
What happens in the consent violation? A young model is posing for a photo shoot in front of a number of people. The photographer repeatedly tells her to touch herself and then repeatedly tells her to touch her genitals under her jeans. Eventually she complies and then he tells her to do it more. After a while he takes more pictures and then finishes by saying he has an erection from watching her.