For release: August, 25 2008
For press information, contact Rebecca Terrell, 901-678-2153
The University of Memphis Center for Research on Women (CROW), in collaboration with
the Domestic Violence Council, will present a public forum, “Hostile Hallways: Sexual
Harassment in U.S. Middle and High Schools,” on Friday, September 12, from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Avenue.
The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available on-site.
Pre-registration is not required. Lunch will be provided at 11 a.m. to the first
50 participants to arrive.
“According to research by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), girls
and women experiencing unwelcome sexual advances or a hostile school environment are
likely subject to the same types of impacts and adverse outcomes as adult women in
the workplace,” said CROW Director Dr. Lynda Sagrestano. “This forum will provide
a unique opportunity for the community to learn more about the extent and impact of
harassment in our schools at the national and local levels.”
The U of M Center for Research on Women and the Memphis Area Women's Council (MAWC)
have collaborated to investigate the extent and impact of the problem in Memphis.
A small pilot study conducted in the spring of 2007 by Girls for Change, a program
for young women ages 13 to 17 developed by MAWC, CROW, and the University of Memphis
Women’s Studies program indicated that the problem of sexual harassment in schools
was indeed prevalent in this community.
In 2008, with funding support from the Urban Child Institute and the University of
Memphis Faculty Grants program, the project was expanded. Nearly 500 students are
currently being surveyed to help researchers get a better understanding of the experiences
of sexual harassment among middle and high schools students in Memphis area public
and private schools, as well as the impact of these experiences on their academic
and personal development. Study results will be published later this fall.
Forum speakers will include Lynda M. Sagrestano, Ph.D., director of the Center for
Research on Women; Regina Lowery, M.A., director of the Center’s Sexual Harassment
Project; and Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council.
More information is available from Rebecca Terrell by phone at 901-678-2153, via email,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the CROW Web site, http://crow.memphis.edu