Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools inquiry launched

29 Apr 2016

On 20th April 2016, the Women and Equalities Select Committee of the House of Commons announced it is to hold an inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. The announcement followed a series of workshops run by Fixers to gather the views of 300 young people, which resulted in the most recent report to highlight the scale and urgency of this problem.

The young people consulted reported that:

  • schools are not playing their part in recognising the pressures young people are under when dealing with matters of sexual harassment and sexual bullying
  • teachers may brush off incidents of sexual assaults or sexually threatening behaviour because of students' relatively young ages
  • many incidents go unreported because students are worried that victims will be punished as well as perpetrators

Rape Crisis England & Wales said:

"Sexual violence and sexual harassment perpetrated against young people in schools and other settings had long been an area of serious concern for Rape Crisis and other specialist sexual violence and violence against women and girls organisations. 

Despite successive studies and a wealth of evidence, these issues, which disproportionately affect girls and young women, have not been universally acknowledged or robustly addressed.

Rape Crisis welcomes this inquiry and the recognition of the importance of urgency of tackling sexual violence in schools that it represents." 

The launch of this Inquiry comes as Rape Crisis prepares to roll out its new sexual violence prevention pack for work with young people to its membership in June. 

Find more information about the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Schools Inquiry here.

Find out how to submit written evidence to the Inquiry here.

Read the Fixers and Women and Equalities Committee report into Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools here.