A large number of students from San Francisco high schools organized a protest on Friday to decry administrators who they claim are disregarding sexual misconduct and assault allegations.
The youngsters chanted and held placards that read, “No Means No,” in front of San Francisco City Hall.
Reform is needed!
In a San Francisco Chronicle article, Aliyah Baruch, a student at Lowell High School and one of the coordinators of the Friday demonstration, said, “People have been pressing for reform for so long and SFUSD isn’t hearing.”
“It’s gotten to the point where we’re missing our own education in order to persuade SFUSD something needs to happen,” Baruch added. “I don’t think there’s a single woman in college who hasn’t been sexually harassed.”
“I’ve been bullied both on and off school. It must change,” Baruch stated.
Hundreds of students at San Francisco high schools staged a walkout to protest officials ignoring claims of sexual harassment and assault. https://t.co/MjO5ROc27b
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 12, 2021
The Chronicle detailed the kids’ complaints, which include being touched in the corridors and verbal abuse. Officials from the district publicly acknowledged this, stating they are working to address students’ needs and ensure those who report events are supported.
According to students, the problem of sexual assault and harassment is not novel. It began prior to the outbreak through digital correspondence courses.
It has continued since pupils returned to in-person instruction in August. Teenagers from most district secondary schools banded together to coordinate and encourage other students’ efforts via social media and online discussion boards.
The strike action has reignited a teenage “me too” campaign. It has expanded from one high school to the next, providing students with a sense of confidence in the face of the ongoing problem of sexual assault and harassment, as well as a unifying cause after years of isolation.
The statistical data in the report is astounding, portraying thousands of growing attacks on women.
Is there really an increase in crime?
It’s uncertain if there are far more attacks and harassment, or if people are simply more aware of them.
By the latest nationwide available data, 14,938 incidences of rape, attempted sexual assault, or sex offenses were reported in K-12 schools in the 2017-18 school year, increasing 55 percent from 9,649 in 2015-16.
That increase corresponded to the #MeToo movement’s increased awareness. In the study, Dr. Jeanne Noble, head of the UCSF Emergency Department COVID-19 Response, noted, “I think kids and teenagers have felt rather abandoned.”
Dozens of students poured out of Tompkins Square MS to protest what they described as rampant sexual harassment from peers that school officials are doing too little to rein in, with unwelcome comments & touching. https://t.co/OQkdQrbM4Z
— leonie haimson (@leoniehaimson) December 11, 2021
“There’s a lot of bottled-up dread, worry, and rage. That adds gasoline to the flames,” Noble added.
Noble is one of a rising number of experts who have noted the disastrous impacts on young people, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This saw schools closed and youngsters isolated at home.
Hillary Ronen and Myrna Melgar, both school administrators, spoke during the event. “It is completely intolerable that one out of every two women is sexually assaulted at some point in their lives,” Ronen added. “In this struggle, we are with you.”
Ashley Chan, a student at Lincoln High School, stated, “Being safe at school is a baseline. I can’t be the individual I want to be unless I take action.”