Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Group A- Lily, Evelyn, Tiarah, and Fatima.

Twisted- by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tyler Miller was known around school for his "Foul Deed" of vandalizing his high school. He was arrested, put on probation, and was forever known as the screw-up. A way to keep his mind off of his surroundings, he thinks about the schools most popular, richest, and in Tyler's opinion, most beautiful girl in school, Bethany Millbury. Once Tyler gets the attention of Bethany, Bethany invites Tyler to more social gatherings which includes an infamous party which turns for the worst and gets both Bethany and Tyler in a situation they don't want to be in.

Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is bullying of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. "It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex." Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Perpetrators of sexual harassment-

verb (used with object), per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing.


to commit: to perpetrate a crime.

In the book Twisted they believed that Tyler Miller, the boy who was deeply in love with Bethany was the one who took the pictures of her ; always accusing him of being the perpetrator.

Most people believe that only the male can be the perpetrators, but also the woman can also. Sexual harassment is a big thing not only in the workplace, but also at school as well.

  • 6% of kids experience sexual harassment from teachers. 1/3 noted they knew of sexual relations between teacher and student
  • 31% of the female workers reported harassed at work
  • 62% targets took no action
  • 7% male harassed
  • 54% women were caused
There is no "typical" sexual offender or perpetrator. Rapist and child molesters come from all backgrounds. Offenders most often know their victims and use these relationships to set up situation best for them.

Offenders justify their behaviors by:

  • Denial-used by offender to avoid facing consequence of actions
  • Rationalizing- blaming victim, other people, or circumstances
  • Minimizing-used to deny seriousness of acts or harm done

Bystanders of sexual harassment-




a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker.

  • One repeated finding in research studies on helping is that a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders present. When other bystanders are present responsibility for helping is diffused. If a lone bystander is present he or she is more likely to assume responsibility.
*There are two types of bystander harassment:
  • Quid pro quo- when person not harassed loses a job benefit or opportunity to someone who is less qualified that submitted the sexual harassment.
  • Hostile environment- if one employee who grants sexual favors is given preferential treatment, the motivation and work performances of other employees may be negatively affected.

In 1964, the rape and murder of Kitty Genovese chocked Americans from coast to oast. While a man attacked, raped, and killed this young woman for over half an hour. 38 men and women witnessed the assault and did nothing to help.

Five Steps to Taking Action:

1. Notice the event along a continuous of actions.

2. Consider whether the situation demands your action.

3. Decide if you have responsibility to act

4. Choose what form of assistance to use

5. Understand how to perform the choice safely.

Victims of sexual harassment-


noun\ˈvik-təm\: one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions (2) : one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment.

In the book, Bethany Millbury was the victim of sexual harassment. While at a party, an unknown suspect took naked pictures of Bethany while she was intoxicated.

  • A victim does NOT have to be of the opposite sex.
  • The victim does not have to be the one harassed, it's anyone affected by the conduct.
  • The unwelcome conduct reasonably interferes with an individuals work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work environment.
Effects of a victim:

  • Decreased work or school environment
  • increased absenteeism to avoid harassment or stress
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • loss of trust in an environment similar to where the harassment occured.
  • having to relocate to another city, job, or school
  • loss of income, job, or career.

Rescuers of sexual harassment-



verb (used with object)


to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.


Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.

In sexual harassment anybody can be the rescuer. It can be a co-worker, a officer of the law, teacher, principle, a lawyer, practically anybody that wants to help. If you want to help someone that has been sexually harassed then you should speak to the victim and let the victim know that you are there for him or her. You should tell the victims boss if you suspect sexual harassment has been taking place. If you know that sexual harassment is taking place then you can file a complaint with the police or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.