Teen Sexual Harassment on the Job

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:03 By NOW, t r u t h o u t | Programming Note | name.

Teen Sexual Harassment on the Job
Teen sexual harassment in the workplace is underreported. (Photo: "Now" on PBS)

    A shocking "NOW" on PBS investigation.

    Here's a special sneak preview of a very important "NOW" on PBS, airing this Friday (check local listings), on the subject of teen sexual harassment in the workplace. It's a very underreported issue, yet something that needs to be known by all families, especially those with teenage children looking at their first jobs. In the program, young female victims speak out on national television for the first time.

    The special preview excerpt can be seen at: www.pbs.org/now/shows/508/preview.html.

    A surprising statistic: teenagers are in more danger from sexual predators at their part-time jobs than through the Internet. It's a vastly underreported phenomenon, but some brave young women are stepping up publicly to tell their stories.

    On Friday, February 20, at 8:30 PM (check local listings), "NOW" collaborates with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University to bring you an unprecedented broadcast investigation of teen sexual harassment in the workplace.

    In the program, abused teenagers from San Diego and the State of Washington share their own stories with senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa. The show tracks their legal journeys to justice, and how the issue impacts hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the country - many of whom don't know how to report workplace abuse, or even recognize when their own bosses cross the line.

    "While sexual harassment is something many American women experience in the workplace, it goes mostly unreported," says Hinojosa. "We hear stories about protecting our kids from sexual predators on the Internet and teach our daughters and sons to be wary of strangers. There are programs in high schools that deal with bullies, and programs that deal with sexual harassment in school. Yet, there's never been a national conversation about sexual harassment of teen girls on the job, until now."

    The "NOW" on PBS web site will broadcast the show in its entirety, for free, starting Monday, February 23, at www.nowonpbs.org.

    This is the first report in a new "NOW" on PBS beat on women and men in the 21st century we call "Life Now."

    About "NOW" on PBS:

    Called "fearless about challenging conventional wisdom" by Tom Brokaw and "one of the last bastions of serious journalism on TV" by the Austin American-Statesman, the Emmy-winning PBS weekly newsmagazine "NOW" engages viewers with documentary segments and insightful interviews that probe the most important issues facing democracy. "NOW" is a production of JumpStart Productions, LLC, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York. The show can also be accessed through On-Demand television, audio podcasting, video podcasting, and streaming video on the "NOW" web site at www.nowonpbs.org.

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