Sexual harassment and violence in schools
in April 2016, an inquiry has been launched by Members of Parliament into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. Young people say that many incidents go unreported and others are “brushed off” by teachers because of the relatively young age of those involved.
Young people who took part in the initial research said schools were failing to play their part in recognising the pressures on young people from sexual harassment and bullying.
In the report young people said many incidents in school classrooms and corridors go unreported because students are worried about repercussions and fear that victims will be punished as well as perpetrators.
The research was carried out through a series of workshops with 300 school and college students aged 16 to 25 on behalf of the Commons’ women and equalities committee, which is seeking to establish the scale and impact of sexual harassment and violence in schools.
The committee chair, Conservative MP Maria Miller, said:
“It’s clear from the young people we’ve heard from that sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools is having a profound impact on their day-to-day lives.
Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teacher, called for mandatory personal, social and health education (PSHE), including sex and relationships education, in schools.
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