For far too many young people harassment and abuse at school has become normal.
- In the last year more than half of girls and young women experience some form of sexual harassment at school or college.
- 7 in 10 of all 16 to 18-year-olds say they hear terms such as “slut” or “slag” used towards girls at schools regularly.
- Almost a third of 16 to 18-year-old girls said they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school.
These statistics are shocking
Our battle against this behaviour becoming the norm – and young men and women thinking it’s acceptable - has to start with compulsory Sex and Relationships education in all schools.
And while the reality in our schools is shocking, young people now have no respite when they get home – because this harassment can follow them everywhere they go on their phones with social media.
We have to teach our children and young people about healthy relationships.
Reclaim the Internet’s Chair Yvette Cooper MP is tabling changes to the Digital Economy Bill in November – which would make Sex and Relationships education compulsory.
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