Thousands share their experiences of sexual harassment in school after calls for compulsory sex education

The Independent is reporting that thousands of people have taken to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment in the classroom, following calls from gender equality and anti-violence groups for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) to be made compulsory in schools.

In conjunction with the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, asked followers to share their stories to help illustrate the importance of the campaign.

In an open letter to Justine Greening, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Ms Bates said: “Young people are bombarded with confusing and often misogynistic messages from the world around them.”

“Teenage girls are getting pressured into having sex… This is why we need compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE). It’s a scandal that our schools do not equip young people with the skills they need to understand consent, healthy relationships, LGBT rights and relationships, gender stereotypes and online pornography.”

“Sadly, some children will already be experiencing sexual abuse outside the classroom,” she said. “We owe every child clear, age-appropriate information, so they can understand that abuse isn’t normal, and learn how to navigate healthy relationships.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We expect all school to deliver personal social and health education (PSHE) to a high standard. We know that the vast majority of schools and teachers recognise the importance of PSHE, and trust teachers to tailor their lessons to best suit their pupils. We are focusing on raising the quality of PSHE teaching and working with leading headteachers and practitioners to look at how best to achieve this.”

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People are flocking to social media using the hashtag #SREnow to tell of their stories. Do you think we should be placing more importance on thorough sex and relationship education? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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Comments

  1. gov2

    All young girls, and old women, or any personage in-between, and semi, if inferior, equivalents of a non-female type, should seek written permission from their social, moral and intellectual betters in the Everyday Sexism Project before even thinking about sex with anyone, ever, at all times. It’s for their own good.

  2. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove It parents duty to teach morals and sex ed. this is a private subject, not suitable for the classroom.

  3. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Vast majority of STD clients have had sex-ed. Big fail actually. Not for our kids! JustineGreening

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