Surge in claims of sexual abuse by pupils at state schools

The scandal over school rape culture allegations widened to include some of the country’s most prestigious state schools.

Everyone’s Invited, a website collecting testimonies, has been inundated with hundreds of reports in recent days from comprehensive schools around the country.

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary warns ‘appropriate action’ will be taken against perpetrators after more than 8,000 allegations are made online.

A report led by Conservative MP Sajid Javid compiled by The Centre for Social Justice think tank, has warned of an “epidemic” of child sexual assault.

The report recommends all school staff should be trained to spot signs of abuse and calls for school nursing staff levels to be restored to pre-2010 numbers to enhance identification.

More than 8,000 allegations have now been made by school pupils on the Everyone’s Invited website which is gathering testimonies of sexual violence and abuse.

Everyone’s Invited are a movement committed to eradicating rape culture.

‘Rape culture exists when thoughts, behaviours, & attitudes in a society or environment have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. When behaviours like ‘upskirting’ or the nonconsensual sharing of intimate photos are normalised this acts as a gateway to criminal acts such as sexual assault and rape.

Behaviours such as misogyny, slut shaming, victim blaming, and sexual harassment create an environment where sexual violence and abuse can exist and thrive. All behaviours, attitudes, thoughts and experiences in this culture are interconnected.’

One of the country’s most senior police officers has said he believes that schools have covered up sexual offences to protect their reputations as a task force took charge of the surge in abuse complaints.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey told The Times that the outpouring of allegations was the education sector’s “MeToo” moment and that he feared a “culture of misogyny and sexual harassment” had not been challenged in some schools.

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