Nov 28, 2015 1:00 PM

Poll of high school students finds reluctance to intervene

The Associated Press

DURHAM — A study of teens at three New England high schools highlights the need for sexual aggression training programs to encourage intervention.

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire polled 218 students at three high schools — two urban and one rural. While nearly 94 percent said they had the opportunity in the past year to intervene in instances of dating and sexual aggression, more than one-third said they were reluctant to do so. Reasons ranged from not wanting to fuel the drama to fear of repercussions.

Girls, the study found, were more likely than boys to intervene.

The study recommends that school districts and policy makers mandate training in how student bystanders should react to incidents of sexual aggression, both in person and on social media.

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