Sexual harassment: it’s a topic that cannot be ignored. With reports from Congress to the entertainment industry to the workplace and beyond, it’s a concern that has emerged from behind closed doors. How do we talk about it with students? CLP Current Events suggests starting with Dr. Koplewicz’s How to Talk to Children About Sexual Harassment (found in Background & More). From there go to selected articles that provide an overview of what is being reported now. Brought to teachers by Susie Marcus, CLP consultant, with CLP staff.

CLP CURRENT EVENTS: December 5, 2017


ha·rass·ment həˈrasmənt,ˈherəsmənt/

noun aggressive pressure or intimidation.

“the state also grants us the right to pursue this belief without any form of persecution or harassment”

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature. … Sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted sexual advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim.

NEWS SOURCES (7 total)

Pelosi, Ryan Call on Conyers to Step Down; Franken Under Senate Ethics Inquiry
by Brian Naylor, NPR, Nov. 30, 2017
“Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is coming under increasing pressure to step down … On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that it has opened an inquiry into Sen. Al Franken’s behavior…”
CLP: current state of affairs – vis a vis sexual harassment, 11/30/17 – in Congress

Readers Write: A False Equivalency in Judging Sexual Harassment (OPINION)
by Dr. Hal Sobel in letter to The Island Now, Nov. 30, 2017.
“… raises the question as to whether what Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Al Franken have done are morally equivalent. I will argue punishments meted out for sexual harassment should be nuanced…”
CLP: raises important questions on how to process and assign punishment for misbehavior.

Charlie Rose, Sexual Harassment and the Female Newsroom Managers Who Looked Away (OPINION)
by Alicia Shepard, USAToday, Nov. 28, 2017
“…what I have to wonder about is Rose’s longtime executive producer, Yvette Vega, who knew about his predatory behavior…She would just shrug and just say, ‘That’s just Charlie being Charlie.’ ”
CLP: raises important questions about the role of and responsibility of managers and others who know about the misbehavior.

For more articles


  • What is harassment?
  • What is sexual harassment? Why is sexual harassment a form of discrimination in the workplace?
  • What aspects of a respectful democracy does sexual harassment threaten?
For more questions to consider

Background and More (1 total)

Lesson Plans (2 total)

Constitutional and Legal Connections (5 total)

Oregon & the Northwest (2 total)

Oregon State Social Science Standards

We the People Lesson Connections

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