UK: 30% of teachers and 11% of teaching support staff say they have suffered sexually inappropriate behaviour

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The Guardian reports that more than one in 10 teaching support staff say they have experienced sexually inappropriate behaviour from pupils. The finding has triggered calls for schools to adopt “zero tolerance” to a problem that, the teachers union, GMB says, can leave its members mentally scarred.

A survey by the union, which this week holds its 101st annual congress, said 11% of classroom-based staff had encountered such behaviour.

Earlier this week, the same paper indicated cases where teachers who suffered this abuse, were also abused by male administrators and to add insult to injury when one person reported the situation to the deputy head, she was told not to say anything in case she was “embarrassed” by the incident becoming public.

The survey among more than 1,200 female teachers by NASUWT, the teachers’ union, revealed that one in five has been sexually harassed at school by a colleague, manager, parent or pupil. Nearly a third (30%) of those who have been sexually harassed have been subjected to unwanted touching, while two-thirds (67%) have experienced inappropriate comments about their appearance or body. More than half (51%) have been subjected to inappropriate remarks about sex; 21% have been sexually propositioned; and 3% said they had suffered up-skirting or “down-blousing” (photos taken up their skirts or down their tops).

Source The Guardian

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