Developing bystander responses to prevent sexual harassment among young people

In this project, undertaken in Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and Malta  the researchers developed, piloted, implemented, and evaluated a programme for bystanders to prevent sexual harassment in secondary schools.

Sexual harassment (SH) is the most prevalent form of violence against girls and women.  A promising new approach to the prevention of SH is focusing on young people as bystanders, inviting them to notice and intervene in SH situations.

The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) conducted this two year research into sexual harassment among young people.

The project objectives were to:

  • increase knowledge and awareness of sexual harassment in students and staff;
  • develop, pilot and deliver a training programme for students and school staff to
  • enable them to intervene in situations of sexual harassment;
  • increase the motivation of bystanders to stop sexual harassment in high schools;
  • develop a manual and materials adapted to each country;
  • develop school policies and protocols on sexual harassment;
  • compare the implementation and effectiveness of the programme in the four countries.

For further information about :

  • the report click here
  • The final paper comparing implementation of the programme across the four countries can be viewed and downloaded here.
  • The England team’s report on findings from implementation of the programme in three London schools can be downloaded here.
  • The Speak Up/Out lessons plans and materials on tackling sexual harassment and sexism in schools can be downloaded for free here.