MPs to investigate sexual harassment in schools

Posted On: 
19th April 2016

A committee of MPs is launching an inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

MPs say sexual harassment and violence in schools is having a "profound impact" on students' lives.
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The Women and Equalities Committee has been gathering evidence from young people about the issues ahead of its announcement today of a full investigation.

Maria Miller, the committee chairwoman, 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. We need to address this issue now, and stop it from blighting the lives of another generation of young people – both male and female.

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“We’re asking teachers, students, parents, youth organisations and anyone else with an interest in this subject to share their knowledge and experience with us. We’ll use this evidence to find the most effective measures to reduce levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.”

The committee heard from young people who said schools were failing to recognise the problem of sexual harassment and violence, as well as claims that teachers were dismissing incidents due to students’ young ages and students being unwilling to report incidents because they fear being punished.