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UK: Teachers warned not to dismiss sexual harassment as "banter"

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Combating sexual harassment and violence among pupils requires teachers to be vigilant on and offline, according to the [British] government’s long-awaited guidelines for schools and colleges.

The advice covers responses to sexual misconduct between students, including those of the same sex, and warns school leaders they must be aware that sexual harassment is likely to be amplified by social media.

The report says schools should make clear that 'sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable, will never be tolerated and is not an inevitable part of growing up.'

It warns that schools risk normalizing sexual harassment such as groping if it is tolerated or dismissed as 'banter,' 'part of growing up' or 'boys being boys.'"

Read the full article here.