Study of Anti-Gay Harassment Shows the Problem is Widespread, Dangerous and Preventable
Despite an anti-harassment law that took effect in 2003, harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation remain persistent and pervasive in California schools. More than 200,000 students every year are targets of harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, according to a study released today by the California Safe Schools Coalition. The Safe Place to Learn study, which included 26 times more respondents than any previous study on the issue, found that such widespread bullying has dangerous academic, health, and safety consequences for students. The study is among the first to document that schools can take concrete steps to reduce harassment and improve student health and safety.