National research has captured the frequency, scope, and many faces of sexual bullying. The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA), funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Public Health, began examining sexual bullying among Georgia’s youth in 2010.
GNESA traveled the state and conducted 22 focus groups with adolescent males and adults who influence them. That research sought to better understand Georgians’ opinions about sexual bullying. From rural and urban communities to those in between, the insight gained was tremendous and validated key findings from national research.
41% of Georgia middle school students and nearly 20% of Georgia high school students have been bullied on school property.
More than 18% of Georgia middle school students and nearly 14% of Georgia high school students have been bullied electronically.
More than 12% of the Georgia high school students who are dating (seriously or casually) were physically hurt on purpose by someone they were dating.