Lesson plan addresses sexual harassment, sexual assault, and social media


katherine schultenThe New York Times recently published a lesson plan for teachers of high school students called, “Crossing the Line Online: Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Age of Social Media.”

The lesson plan, written by the Learning Network editor Katherine Schulten and Jennifer Cutraro, asks students to take an anonymous survey about their own experiences, which is followed by reading several articles about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the social media age. One of the articles students are asked to read is the December 16, 2012 Times piece about the sexual assault of an unconscious 16-year-old girl at a house party in Steubenville, Ohio (read CALCASA’s blog about that here). Group activities and questions for discussion are also provided.

How do you think this resource will foster dialogue with teenagers about the connections between sexual assault, sexual harassment, and social media?

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Katie Donahue

Katie Donahue joined CALCASA in August 2012 and is currently the Public Affairs Associate. Prior to joining CALCASA, she volunteered with with a dual sexual assault and domestic violence agency and has been active in the movement to end sexual assault since 2011. She has a BA in journalism and a minor in gender and women’s studies.

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