Some 67 per cent said abuse was mainly occurring in schools, with 66 per cent saying they have missed classes because of their period.
Tanya Barron, chief executive Plan International UK, the charity who carried out the research, said girls are “facing unacceptable stigma and shame linked to their periods”.
She said: “Not only is this damaging girls’ confidence and self-esteem, it’s also having an often overlooked impact on their education. Girls tell us they are missing out on school because of their period and struggling to catch up on schoolwork as a result. We can’t allow this to continue.”
Atlanta, a 17-year-old from Manchester, said: “I’ve heard periods called awful, disgusting. I’ve been told to ‘get over it’. When my friends and I would try to discuss periods, boys would tell us to be quiet. One boy even called me ‘dirty’ and refused to sit next to me in class after he overheard me talking about my period privately to a teacher. I was so embarrassed that I went home for the rest of the day.
“We need to be teaching girls and boys about periods. They need to know that they are a normal thing and not something dirty or disgusting.”
The research published by Plan International UK on Tuesday comes as minister for women and equalities Penny Mordaunt prepares to announce the charity as co-chair of its period poverty taskforce.
They will work to tackle stigma and boost education around periods. Both the accessibility of period products and the “tampon tax” will be investigated.
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