Sexual harassment/assault in schools 

According to, Hawaii, Georgia, and Missouri have the highest incidences of sexual assault. 81% of people in grades 8-11 have reported sexual harassment. 87% of those people reported that it had a negative effect on them. The U.S. Department of Education released civil rights data. According to the data, sexual violence in public schools increased by more than half between the 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years. 

Many people who face sexual harassment don’t report it, thinking they won’t be taken seriously. Harassment can have long-term effects on mental and physical health. However, a lot of schools fail to make it easy for students to come forward and report such incidents. Title IX, passed by the Department of Education, deems sexual assault and harassment sex discrimination and prohibits it. 

Sexual harassment and assault are more common among women and LGBTQ+ members. 85% of LGBTQ+ members suffer from verbal harassment, and 40% are physically harassed. According to,, “Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.” 

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