Young girls are 'suffering and struggling with really horrible new kinds of harassment' says chief executive of children's charity


One in three girls in the UK say they have been sexually harassed in public when in school uniform. Image: Getty

Monday, October 8, 2018

The chief executive of children's charity, Plan International UK, has said that young girls are experiencing 'really horrible new kinds of harassment', including on their way to and from school.

Tanya Barron appeared on the Matthew Wright show to discuss a report published by her charity, which suggests one in three girls in the UK have been sexually harassed in public while wearing a school uniform.

The findings came from a poll of 1,000 young women across the UK between the ages of 14 and 21, commissioned by Plan International UK.

"There are younger girls suffering and struggling with some really horrible new kinds of harassment. You know this upskirting where photographs are taken and they're not aware and then shared which is really unpleasant," Ms Barron said.



"What we were not expecting was that girls said their first experience of unwanted sexual attention in a public place was when they were younger than 12. Girls eight, nine, ten."

Ms Barron told Matthew Wright that instances of "cat calling" were forcing young girls to change their routes to school.

"Mostly it's older men. A lot of the cat calling, winding the window down as they're driving past girls trying to get to school, or back from school.

"The journey to and from school has become something that girls are getting very upset and frightened about actually, changing their route, but it doesn't always help.

"In a school uniform, nobody can pretend they think that's an adult."