Defining Sexual Harassment

On Monday, sixth through eighth graders at the Springs School will be introduced to #NotForMe, a sexual harassment prevention program developed in conjunction with the Retreat, a nonprofit group in East Hampton offering services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

“The goal of this program is to build awareness about what sexual harassment is, why it is a problem, and what to do if someone is targeted,” said Debra Winter, the school’s superintendent.

In a press release, she explained that the #NotForMe curriculum “provides prevention programming in accordance with New York’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) as well as federal Title IX legislation. Our goal is to be clear and direct in defining sexual harassment in an age-appropriate way, and to build awareness that sexualized comments and behavior are not appropriate in school.”