Make educating students about sexual misconduct a District 87 priority

Make educating students about sexual misconduct a District 87 priority

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Sydney Hyzy started this petition to YWCA Chicago and

Students need to be educated on sexual misconduct if there is any hope of preventing it. Why it happens. How it happens. Signs people might show if they have experienced it. Signs of sexual harassment. Most importantly, all forms of consent. Consent is about more than just the act of sexual intercourse.

Society presents sexual misconduct in a way that follows toxic gender rolls. Males are depicted as predators and sexually insatiable, while females are hyper-sexualized and the victims. By approaching the issue of sexual misconduct in a way that doesn’t assume it is always the male being the abuser, or a cisgender encounter, the schools of the district can shift the cultural norms and instead evolve with society. 

Schools in general hesitate to mention these issues because of their inadequate understanding and resources on how to deliver this information to teens and children. This all starts with empowering the individual. If students are educated on what pressure looks like and administration stops making the victims feel like they did something wrong or feel responsible for the consequences abusers face, schools will be able to prevent future sexual misconducts and assaults. By cultivating an environment that teaches the youth that everyone has the inalienable right to their body, the district will be taking a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. 

As a student, I do not have enough knowledge on sexual misconduct to determine how to achieve this goal of finding the most effective way to educate students. I strongly encourage the district to look into this matter and consider bringing in professional sex educators to deliver the message in an appropriate and effective way in order to ensure the safety of the community. 

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