Sexual harassment of girls at school must stop, says MP Maria Miller

'Sexual harassment of girls in schools is not new, but must be tackled', says MP Maria Miller

More than half of girls in schools have faced sexual harassment, according to an inquiry

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sexual harassment of girls in schools is not new but must be tackled, says MP Maria Miller.

An inquiry by the women and equality select committee revealed that more than half of girls in schools and colleges have faced sexual harassment. They concluded that sexual bullying is a common part of girls' daily lives. 

Maria Miller, chair of the committee, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that: "sexual harassment of girls in schools is not something that is that new." What has changed is "young people feel much more empowered to talk about these things," and "we’re much more willing to listen to it."

She believes "teachers either don’t know how to deal with it or turn away," but schools now need to "understand that peer-on-peer abuse happens and it needs to be tackled."

Listen to the full interview to find out more