The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Students’ Perceptions on Gender-Based Violence, Molestation and Sexual Harassment

Juana Elena Guzmán Valdez, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

Ana Guadalupe Torres Hernández, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

Katheryn Abigail Ortiz Navarro, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

Aurelia Nicasio Moreno, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)


This study explores the perception that female students of a secondary school have about gender-based violence, molestation and sexual harassment. Because adolescence, period of life where they are, represents a vulnerable stage where they might be victims of some type of violence, by their own classmates, teachers and other school personnel, the objective of this research was to know the perception of 1st to 3rd grade female students from the school "Mi patria es primero”, located in Coatzintla, Veracruz Mexico. This work is of an exploratory type and of a qualitative nature. It was conducted during the 2020-2021 school year to the students, whose ages fluctuated between 12 and 15 years in a virtual modality due to the COVID19 contingency. The results obtained allowed us to conclude that the participants mostly have a general idea regarding gender violence; however, they confuse sexual harassment with bullying or molestation, which can place them in a dangerous space. It was also found the imperative need to promote spaces for dialogue with the student community in general, to work on the prevention of these issues, since any school, regardless of the educational level, should be a space that promotes safety and trust for students, but above all it must be a fundamental piece in the eradication of gender-based violence.

Keywords: Gender-based violence, bullying, sexual harassment, school.

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