The Effutu Municipal Director of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Richmond Mensah,has said that sexual harassment in schools contributes to indiscipline and can lead to poor academic performance.
He said if not checked, sexual harassment could degenerate into attempted rape or defilement, or even lead to homosexuality, if it is perpetrated between persons of the same sex.
He was speaking at a symposium on the topic, 'Sexual harassment' organised by the Effutu secretariat of CHRAJ for more than 1,000 students drawn from senior and junior high schools in the area.
Mr Mensah defined sexual harassment to include acts such as continuous hugging, salaciousness and fondling of buttocks, breast and other sensitive parts of the body, as well as indecent dressing.
“Sexual harassment undermines human dignity and freedom from discrimination as enshrined in the Constitution,” he said and condemned the practice as an “anti-social conduct by one person against the other to solicit for sexual favour”.