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Sexual Harassment

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual attention, put-downs such as mean words to torment or threaten another person in a sexual way. Volcano Vista’s specific policy regarding sexual harassment is one of intolerance. Don't put up with put-downs!

Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment.

Victims of sexual harassment often feel:

  • afraid
  • depressed
  • embarrassed or ashamed
  • helpless
  • angry

Sexual harassment can lead to:

  • increased school absences and transfers
  • lower test scores and school standing
  • legal action

Sexual Harassment Can Take Many Forms


  • standing in someone’s way or standing too close
  • bumping into someone or brushing against the person on purpose
  • patting, hugging or kissing
  • grabbing, touching or pinching
  • pulling at clothes


  • threats or insults
  • comments about a person’s body
  • sexual jokes, suggestions or remarks
  • sexual stories or rumors
  • “dirty” notes, letters or graffiti
  • pressure to go out on dates
  • whistles or rude noise


  • staring at someone’s body
  • sexual pictures or drawing
  • gestures or looks
  • sending inappropriate e-mail

Volcano Vista High School’s Harassment Policy

Volcano Vista High School does not and will not tolerate any type of harassment. The word harassment includes, but is not limited to slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s age, race, religion, color, sex (including same-sex sexual harassment), national origin, citizenship, or disability. Offensive conduct of this nature creates a hostile school environment.