Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools inquiry, Women and Equalities Committee

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May be of interest, link here

From the link:

Data published in September 2015 showed that 5,500 sexual offences were recorded in UK schools over a three year period, including 600 rapes. A 2010 YouGov poll of 16-18 year olds found 29% of girls experienced unwanted sexual touching at school and a further 71% said they heard sexual name-calling towards girls at school daily or a few times per week.

In 2015 Girlguiding UK (PDF 3.52MB) found that 75% of girls and young women said anxiety about potentially experiencing sexual harassment affects their lives in some way. The same survey found that 90% of young women aged 13-21 agree that the government should make sure all schools are addressing sexual harassment and bullying in schools.

This inquiry will focus on:

- establishing the scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence in primary and secondary schools in the UK
- understanding the impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence on pupils and teachers
- making practical recommendations to reduce the levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools

The Committee is seeking the views of all stakeholders concerned and particularly encourages young people to share their experiences and solutions.

Accepting written submissions; the deadline is 10pm Sunday 22 May 2016.

scallopsrgreat Tue 19-Apr-16 12:02:48

I read this earlier on the BBC. They managed to completely avoid addressing the gendered nature of the crime other than some lip service to the 'boys will be boys' culture. They didn't once directly name the perpetrators as being overwhelmingly men or boys or directly reference that it is overwhelmingly girls that experience this issue, referring instead to children as if it were a neutral crime.

In fact I've just gone and looked at the article again and they've added a story of girl on girl sexual assault which was awful (and probably worse in some ways for girl suffering from it because she would be even less likely to be believed or it wouldn't be treated as seriously) but not representative of the problem.

How the fuck are we supposed to deal with the problem if we aren't going to name it?

SomeDyke Tue 19-Apr-16 12:55:51

Hey, don't complain -- at least it is still the "Women and Equalities Committee", rather than the non-males and all other assorted minorities, or some other nonsense.

And at least it says:
"Maria Miller, who chairs the committee, said the evidence it had heard exposed a "really concerning problem" of "widespread sexual harassment on a regular basis", particularly among young women."

So not directly quoted as pointing out it was mostly young women, but almost!

Which just shows you how far we have gone, celebrating the fact that a committee still dares to have the word women in the title (rather, say, than non-males, hello you greens, I'm sure they'll be campaigning for that soon!), even if their previous investigation seemed to focus mainly on the rights of males who identified as women, and was perplexed by the fact that those who objected to this seemed to be predominantly feminists....................

Same ole same ole, obscure the real power dynamic here (sex). Which actually does no favours to the males assaulted, or those assaulted by females. You first have to point out that although many victims are females, not all are, and although most perpetrators are male, not all are. Unless you're allowed to explain that, you after all can't explain why those other cases are different. Just pretending that young people assault other young people doesn't help anyone.

scallopsrgreat Tue 19-Apr-16 13:17:41

Yes the link in the OP describes the problem a bit more directly. This is a good thing! I was just on a rant about the BBC who uphold the power dynamics and structural inequalities wherever possible when it comes to reporting male on female violence (and racist violence).

almondpudding Tue 19-Apr-16 13:22:19

This was the BBC's article on the report from last year, which the committee links to...

Sad to hear they've reported on it poorly this time around.

finallydelurking Tue 19-Apr-16 19:50:41

About bloody time! I've been watching the coverage on the TV today and this problem should've been acknowledged and discussed a very, very long time ago.

buffy you were helpful on the other thread, so I'm asking you. Can I submit an article long enraged deranged rant as a lay person, based on nothing more than my own personal experiences of all my daughters schools and their total failure to address these issues, despite my repeated requests? And if I do is there any chance of making a difference. Is it worth the effort?

finallydelurking Tue 19-Apr-16 19:52:31

I have never done anything political before other than shout at/email my kids school, but I have really, really got the rage about this whole issue.

I would have thought so finally. The terms of reference say:

"...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."

Call for evidence
We are looking for written evidence that focuses on one or more of the following issues:

Establishing the scale of the problem.
How much sexual harassment currently occurs in primary and secondary schools?
Who are the targets of harassment and who are the perpetrators?
How often are teachers the victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools?
Are levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence increasing in schools?
How well is the problem being recorded and monitored?
Understanding the impact of sexual harassment in schools
What impact does sexual harassment and sexual violence in school have on girls and young women; boys and young men; and teachers?
What can be done to reduce levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools?
What measures are currently in place to address this issue? How adequate are they?
What evidence is there of schemes proven to reduce levels of sexual harassment in schools in the UK or elsewhere?
Can schools tackle this problem individually or is national action needed to reduce levels of harassment?
What role can OFSTED play in monitoring and enforcing action on reducing sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools?
What role can other stakeholders, including teacher training providers, teaching unions, governors and parents, play in tackling this problem?
What action would be most effective in reducing levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools?
What can schools do to support students to deal better with the online elements of this problem?
Evidence from our pre-consultation work shows sexting, online bullying and the normalisation of pornography are all issues for students and they want more support in dealing with them.

How adequate are schools’ current responses to sexting and online sexual harassment?
What can schools do better to support their students to deal with sexual harassment and sexual violence online?
What impact is pornography having on levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools?
What can be done by schools and other stakeholders to tackle the impact of pornography?

Send a written submission via the sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools inquiry page.

AristotlesTrousers Tue 19-Apr-16 20:48:07

I'd quite like to add my voice to this, too, only my experience was over twenty years ago. I suppose I'd be addressing the long term effects that can occur, and also the reason that I became a target in the first place, which I'm pretty sure is still relevant today (previous bullying that had never been addressed and the mental health problems that resulted in me being a scapegoat for the boy who abused me, because it meant he could turn the focus onto me, as a deranged woman scorned).

Or are they only wanting to hear more recent accounts? I very much doubt I'll ever get any justice for what happened to me as no evidence exists anymore, but I'd really like to make a difference somehow.

AristotlesTrousers Wed 20-Apr-16 06:19:12

Don't worry finallydelurking, I've never done anything political like this either. It's all a bit daunting, esp the format the submission has to be with bullet points and numbered paragraphs etc. Such a good opportunity, though. smile

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