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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1993-08-04

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Wednesday,Aust4, 1993 - The Michigan D SumerWeeWy-3
Forum addresses sex
equity in education
Katy Lyle felt the sting of sexual harassment
tnhighschoolwhen sheheardaboutgraffitiin the
boys's bathroom calling her a slut. Now, two
years after she wona$15,OO0settlementfromher
schools and grade schools has spread.
Eleanor Linn, associate director of the Center
of the Sexual Harassment in Schools Project at
Wellesley College,bothexperts in sexualbharass-
ment, cited their much-publicized research that
state 65 percent of 8th- to 11th-grade girls have
been touched, grabbed or pinched sexually.
Their presentation was a part of the 14th
annual conference of the National Coalition for
\" Sex Equity in Education held at the School of inn
Education from Sunday through today. The fea- The study showed Black girls were more
tured speaker, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, often and more severly harassed than white and
will give the closing address this aftemoon. Hispanic girls. Hispanic girls reported being ha-
Panelsaddressedsexualharassment, poverty, rassed at younger ages than white and African
athletics and multiculturalism as they affect girls American girls.
in high school and elementary school. African American students reported experi-
Much of the discussion about sexual harass- encing more harassment traveling to and from
went centered on Linn and Stein's survey. school while white and Hispanic students
Eighty-fivepercent of girls and 65 percent of experinced more sexual harassment in school.
boys said they experienced sexual harassment in Linn cautioned that this information may be
school. The survey defined harassment as "un- inaccurate because not all students were given a
wanted sexual attention that interferes with your Spanish copy of the survey.
life." Sexual harassment, for the purpose of the Most incidents of sexual harassment took
survey,isaneventwithrepercussionsratherthan place in the hall and in classrooms and most
simple flirtation on the playground. harassers had themselves been harassed.
"Sexual harassment is an act of intimidation. The boys experience unwanted comments,
It is done to keep women in place," said Linn. but were not bothered as much as the girls. Boys
"Like terrorism or lynching, it doesn't need tobe were mostbothered bybeing called gay or lesbian
A o PHOTO done by everyone to get its message across." while gis were most bothered by pinching and
Univeristy Law Professor and attorney for Jan and Roberta DeBoer, Suellyn Panel audience members were encouraged to grabbing along with unwanted comments.
Scarnecchia, center, removes 2 and 1/2-year-old Jessica from the home of the use the survey methods in their own school Many of those harassed could not articulate
DeBoers on Monday. Later that day, at the Uversity Law School, Scarnecchia districts to raise awareness and aess local prob- the impact that these incidents had on their lives.
lems. Stein said a 1976 Redbook survey found 88
fielded questions from reporters about Jessica's visits with her natural parents, Audience member Kathleen Rigsby of Den- percent of a pool of 9,000 women experienced
Dan and Cara Schmidt. They discussed the merits and pitfalls of changing ver said she will translate the research methods sexual harassment. The survey was discounted
Jessica's name to Anna. Scarnecchia said the results could be devastating. used by Linn and Stein into her area.because subjects were self selected. She said this
"School districts don't want to do anything country would have been saved from many law-
unless there is proof," Rigsby said. suits if people would have listened to that survey.
DPS celebrates annual night out

By J.B. AKINS Kicking off the evening was the
DAILY STAFF REPORTER annual grudge volleyball match be-
What do you get when you adver- tween DPS and the Michigan State
tisefreehotdogs,prizes,andentertain- University Police. DPS sought their
ment?A good time! That's whathun- revenge from last year's defeat and
dreds of children and adults received beat MSU Police by 15-2.
yesterdayeveningatthe1993National TwoMichiganMetroparkRangers
Night Out (NNO) extravaganza held on horseback welcomed children run-
on the North Campus Diag. ning to get their faces painted by Uta
The University joined communi- Stelson,aNorthCampusFamily Hous-
ties from across the nation to celebrate ing resident who volunteered her time.
the third annual NNO, a nation-wide Some chose tochase Andy the talk-
campaignagainstcrimeanddrugs.The ing remote control ambulance who
events were geared toward promoting learned children's names and quizzed
child safety as well as building better them about 911.
relationships between the public and McGruff the crime fighting dog, a
the local law enforcement agencies. bagpiper, magicians and musicians
"We are very interested in public were also on hand to offer entertain-
safety,"saidLt.VemonBaisdenofthe ment and safety tips. Many other Uni-
(DPS). "Everything is geared toward
childsafety.That's what's important."
Although child safety was the in- LAW SCHOOL?
tended purpose of the events, many P usrer Retiew s the most ettece.
lecame out to enjoy the up-to-date and cost-efficient LSAT prep
course aaIlable. Success rate: averag.
bies" offered. 4 point improvemet on the 1'0-
"I came because of the free stuff," 180 LSAT scale. .
Ann Arbor resident Corine Tabb said. 1.800-325-LSAT o

versity departments promoting safety
also handed out information.
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