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Sexual Misconduct

At the Iowa Braille School, fostering a climate of safety and respect is an essential priority.  We recognize that all of us – students, faculty, staff and other members of our community – can achieve our best only in a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment.

What is Sexual Abuse or Assault?

Sexual abuse encompasses acts of inappropriate intentional sexual behavior by another student toward a student.  Student to student acts of sexual behavior by another student toward a student.  Student to student acts of sexual harassment are also governed by policy on Initiations, Hazing, Bullying or Harassment and the accompanying procedure.  Sexual assault may have occurred if one of the parties used physical force to make the other have sexual contact with him/her.  Sexual assault may have occurred if one threatened the other to have sexual contact with him/her.

What is Cyber-bullying?

Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment occurs when somebody says or does something sexually related that you don’t want them to say or do, regardless of who it is. For example:

  • Talking about their sexual experiences.
  • Asking you to talk about yours.
  • Telling sexual jokes, innuendoes, and stories, or comments (about your clothes or body, or someone else’s).
  • Touching you, threatening you, and/or pressuring or forcing you to have sex - including in exchange for a job, a favor,  a better grade, or special treatment or to escape physical violence.

Examples / Red Flags / Harassing Behavior

  • A teacher makes sexual jokes, stares at you, touches you, insinuates that you will get a better grade or other reward if you develop a “special relationship" or otherwise makes you uncomfortable.
  • A staff person who puts his or her hands on you. Anyone who makes unwanted and repeated statements about your clothes, body or personal life.
  • Somebody puts up sexually graphic posters, magazines, screensavers, web pages, and/or emails where you can see them.
  • Someone you met puts pressure on you for sex (included repeated requests, staring, or other persistent behavior).
  • Somebody touching, patting, hugging, or brushing up against you when you don’t want them to do it.
  • Anyone trying to make deals with you about sex in exchange for your job, better grades or other special priviledge.

Who Are Sexual Harassers?

Sexual harassers can include (but aren’t limited to) teachers, paraeducators, houseparents, supervisors, co-workers, classmates, other students, acquaintances, friends, partners, dates, and strangers.

A sexual harasser may be anyone who automatically has power over you because of their position of employment, or other people who do not have an official position but try to take power and control over you by threats, coercion, force or other deliberate actions of a sexual nature.

What makes someone a sexual harasser isn’t based on what they do for a living, their status as a high profile person, or where they hang out. What makes someone a sexual harasser is behavior, (including words and actions) that uses sex to be disrespectful, hurtful, embarrassing, humiliating, intimidating or frightening to you or another person.

Forms of sexual violence include:

  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Attempted rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • Rape
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Cyber stalking
  • Sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Exhibitionism
  • Window peeking
  • Stalking

If you believe that you or another person may be a victim of sexual harassment, the following resources will help you evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action to stop the unwanted behavior.

  • Sexual Misconduct Advocacy Program

                  Phyllis McGowan 319-472-5221 or 800-645-4579 ext. 1028

                        Cell phone 319-361-9124

  • Student Health Services

            Becky Fisher 319-472-5221 or 800-645-4579 ext. 1123

                        Cell phone 319-310-6048

  • Director of Student Life

            Carla Morrow 319-472-5221 or 800-645-4579 ext. 1228

                        Cell phone 319-310-8597

 

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