I thought I was back in the Vietnam War protest era when I saw police pepper-spraying people who were seated in a non-violent manner. This was ridiculous and, frankly, scary. Personally, I was infuriated! Despite whether I do or do not agree with the Occupy movement, I find the actions taken by the UC-Davis campus police to be outrageous. If such actions become acceptable behavior, what’s to stop it from happening when we, as women, protest something we feel is worth fighting for?
Nearly half of students in a nationally representative sample of students in grades seven through 12 reported that they had been subjected to some form of sexual harassment in the 2010-11 school year, and most said it had a negatively impacted them, according to a new study.
The report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, and published by the American Association of University Women, said that girls are far more likely to be harassed, and only a fraction of incidents of sexual harassment are reported to an adult.
Forty-eight percent of students surveyed said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the last school year — in person and/or over the Internet — and 87 percent said it had a negative impact on them.