TES is reporting that schools are treating sexual harassment as ‘horseplay’ and many teachers are still ‘victim-blaming’.
Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a network of black and minority ethnic women’s groups working to stop abuse of women and girls, said more needed to be done to hold schools to account for sexual violence and harassment of students.
“The government has created obligations to tackle radicalisation, but for us it’s really painful that the everyday terrorisation of young women and girls in schools is not being taken seriously,” she told MPs.
“We need it to be made part of the inspection framework as we need a structure for schools to be held accountable, but we don’t want it to be seen as an additional burden for schools.”
The decision to investigate the problem of sexual harassment and violence in schools came alongside research that showed one in eight pupils had been sexually assaulted. The research also showed that one in three teenagers felt unsafe walking to and from school.
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