In 15% of all cases the girl admitted to sexually harassing the boy and asserted the reasons of "I thought it was funny" and "I'm not doing any harm, it's what he wanted". Peer-to-peer sexual harassment is three times more likely than perpetration by teachers or other school faculty.Sexual harassment between peers may also be a result of students trying to conform to expected gender norms created by society. For example, this could be seen if a male is exhibiting behavior not seen to peers as being masculine, so others may label him with homophobic slurs in order to reinforce gender conformity through a form of nonphysical sexual harassment.
While sexual harassment is legally defined as "unwanted" behavior, it has been argued that even consensual sexual interactions between students and teachers constitute harassment because the inherent power differential creates a dynamic in which "mutual consent" is impossible.
In their recent study (AAUW 2006) on sexual harassment at colleges and universities, the AAUW claimed that while both men and women were targets of sexual harassment, "women are disproportionately negatively affected." In the "Report Card on Gender Equity," the NCWGE that 30 percent of undergraduate students, and 40 percent of graduate students, have been sexually harassed.
Girls were more likely to report educator sexual harassment than boys (10.3 and 8.8%).
12.3% of black, 12.2% of Latino, 8.4% of white and 1,8 % of Asian students indicated that they had experienced sexual harassment by teachers.
43% reported inappropriate comments, looks, or gestures by a teacher, 17.5% reported sexual touching, and 13.5% indicated that they have had sexual intercourse with a teacher.
In another study college students were asked to recall if they or other students had experienced sexual harassment by high school teachers.
One survey that was conducted with psychology students reports that 10% had sexual interactions with their educators; in turn, 13% of educators reported sexual interaction with their students. Department of Education found that nearly 10 percent of U. public school students reported having been targeted with sexual attention by school employees.
In a national survey conducted for the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation in 2000 found that roughly 290,000 students experienced some sort of physical sexual abuse by a public school employee between 19. Indeed, one critic has claimed that sexual harassment and abuse by teachers is 100 times more frequent than abuse by priests.
6.5% of the respondents reported having personally experienced sexually inappropriate attention from high school teachers.
Furthermore, more than 33% said that they knew of a sexual relationship between a high school student and a teacher.
(NCWGE, 1997) The Associated Press reported 2,500 cases of teacher sexual misconduct between 20.