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Sexual bullying ‘culture’ plagues Scottish schools

Teachers urged to intervene as three in five girls report experiencing harassment from their peers

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Try to put yourself in the shoes of a girl who is already vulnerable in all sorts of ways. Now think about that girl if video footage of her being sexually assaulted starts being shared among her peers. She needs help desperately – but won’t go to her teachers because she fears it will only make things worse.

Scenarios such as these are exactly what confronted a parliamentary inquiry into bullying and harassment of children in schools. Last month, MSPs listened to a litany of shocking evidence that portrayed Scottish schools as a gauntlet for many girls – with teachers often seeming powerless ...

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