Action call to tackle sex attacks in schools

A campaign group is calling for better education to protect pupils after more than 30 sex offences were reported in Lincolnshire schools in just four years.

Figures obtained from Lincolnshire Police show that there have been 36 alleged sexual offences in the county’s schools since 2011/12, including rape, sexual assault, exposure and voyeurism and sexual activity involving a child.
The disclosure followed a Freedom of Information request to all UK police forces by Plan International UK.
As a result of the responses received from 34 forces, Plan International UK is now calling for mandatory sex education which covers sexting, consent, healthy relationships and the law.
Head of Girls’ Rights Kerry Smith said: “The figures show that we are failing young people when it comes to learning about healthy relationships and consent.
“Quality sex and relationships education helps young people to develop healthy attitudes towards sex and relationships while helping to tackle inappropriate and aggressive sexual behaviour.”
Nationally, reports of sexual offences in schools have more than doubled in four years to 1,955 in 2014/15.
Other national findings:
lNearly two-thirds (66 per cent) of alleged victims are girls or women
l94 per cent of alleged offences are committed by men or boys
l15 per cent are thought to be committed by school staff, including teachers.
In Lincolnshire, there were seven incidents reported in 2014/15, 18 in 2013/14, seven in 2012/13 and four in 2011/12.
Ms Smith said: “Clearly girls and women are disproportionately affected by sexual violence in schools.
“Young people need education about the realities of life and relationships, including consent.”

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