Girls in the UK Report Being 'Fetishized' and Sexually Harassed in Their School Uniforms
A new report found that one in three girls wearing school uniforms in the United Kingdom has been sexually harassed in public, while two-thirds say theyâve received unwanted sexual attention.
âItâs simply not acceptable that girls as young as 12 are being wolf-whistled at in public, touched against their will, stared at or even followed,â Tanya Barron, chief executive of Plan International UK, the organization that commissioned the report, told BBC.
Barron added that it was âshocking and deeply concerningâ for girls of school age to be sexually harassed.
The report, which was based on a survey of 1,000 teenagers and young women between the ages of 14 to 21, found street harassment to be ubiquitous. Often starting as early as primary school, girls in their uniforms experience unwanted sexu al attention, the report said. The girls described feeling âsexualized and fetishizedâ by âolder men targeting school girlsâ because of the outfits required of nearly all Britainâs students.
More than a third of the girls reported being touched, groped or grabbed without their consent. One-quarter said they were filmed or photographed without permission, including some who noticed strangers trying to take pictures up their school skirts.
âIâve never experienced harassment like I did then,â Ffion, 25, told the surveyors. âMen would ask if they could take a picture with me in my uniform. It was awful. Before that I used to be walking home, and I was so scared walking home.â
But many girls also dismissed the street harassment a s âall part of growing up.â
âThese experiences are widely trivialized, creating a culture of acceptance and normalization,â the report says.
Plan International is calling on bystanders to intervene, and requesting the government acknowledge street harassment as a kind of âgender-based violence.â
âThis disgraceful behavior needs to be called out and stopped,â said Barron.Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom