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6.2: Using Sexual Abuse and Coercion – Student Edition (Human Biology)

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Introduce the terms exploitation, abuse, and sexual harassment.

Read the opening pages on how people take sexual advantage of one another.

Have students complete Activity 5-1: Sexual Harassment.

Read the selection on sexual abuse of children. Make sure that students know about the concept of informed consent. Be prepared for strong reactions.

Remind students about what coercion means before they begin reading the final pages on rape. Point out that informed consent plays a role in this area as well as in child abuse.

End the section with Activity 5-2: What Does “Stop” Mean?

Debate! Students debate the sentence, “Checking out and commenting on another person's physique is sexual harassment.”

What Do You Think?

At what point does teasing become sexual harassment? Does this point differ for people or should there be a general rule for everyone? Is sexual harassment a subjective experience or one that can be evaluated objectively? Why or why not?

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