At a time when many children are going back to school after the summer and many parents are concerned about their children entering new classes and even new schools, it is worrying to read about the findings of the Women and Equalities Committee published in a recent report.
The report deals with the problem of sexual harassment, bullying and violence in schools faced by many girls in school. It would appear that groping, name calling and exposure to pornography is an everyday part of school life and something that the Committee concluded is not being tackled adequately. Conservative MP Maria Miller, who chaired the committee draws a comparison with the sexual harassment of women in the workplace which is not tolerated. It seems that similar protection for young women and girls in education is missing.
It is acknowledged that some schools and charities are taking action, but clearly more needs to be done. The full report can be accessed on the government website here http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmwomeq/91/9102.htm