Please Share: Sexual Bullying Post

This week I wrote my first blog post on sexual bullying, you can read it here.

This was partly in response to the news story that hit on Monday that I found quite disturbing.

I am going to be writing a series of blog posts on this, looking at the statistics but also the resources that are available to try and combat this, as well as better equip teachers and parents in dealing with this issue.

I am excited to write these posts which will be coming soon, even if it is a somewhat harrowing topic.

Please get behind this mini-campaign I am going to be working hard on and let’s make sure that everyone knows that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable!

Regards

Rebecca x

Sexual bullying is not okay!

You all know that I have been backing the #SeriouslyAwkward campaign by the Children’s Society and this sort of links to that.

I turned on the TV today at lunchtime and the ITV news happened to be on, and they were talking about the ridiculously high levels of sexual bullying which goes on in schools – and quite frankly it is disgusting!

I know that bullying is something which has happened for generations but with online bullying everything is there for everyone to see 24/7.  I guess that is the one downside to smart phones and apps.. every child has one and so many children bully others in this way or share images and videos of other children being bullied.

Sexual bullying, and sexual harassment just aren’t okay!

The statistics on the TV today at lunchtime weren’t pleasant and I hate the fact that this is a society that people are growing up in.. since when has it ever been okay for a student to force another student against the wall and subject her to sexual harassment.  (This wasn’t a guy doing this either, it was a girl).

I was absolutely shocked and disgusted.. I guess I knew this happened, but I didn’t realise just how frequently it happened, and to hear that very often teachers turn a blind eye as they don’t know how to handle these cases made me feel worse.

I know teachers are so busy, and have lots to do, but turning a blind eye to students that are being sexual abused… that is not right!

I have a young sister that is at secondary school, and it is horrible to know that humiliating people is a source of fun, humiliating people in a sexual way is considered funny, and that subjecting people to sexual bullying/abuse is also okay – it is not okay, and something really needs to be done.

Students need to feel like they can report these incidents to teachers, parents etc. so not only do we need to try and put a stop to what is happening, we need to correctly punish students who do this.  Sexual abuse is never okay, whether it is being done by a school student or a fully grown adult.  Students need to feel that they can report these incidents and action will be taken, and they won’t be further harassed for doing so.

Teachers and parents also need to feel able to deal with these situations, and help their students when these horrific situations arise.

I just don’t know what the world is coming to when sexually abusing a fellow student is part of lunchtime fun… where has the respect gone?

I will be writing more on this soon, and sharing some of the harrowing statistics, but please let’s work together and bring an end to this!

There are enough horrible people in the world doing horrible things to people, but surely students should feel safe at school, and safe when they are with their fellow students!

Rebecca x

Please Support The Next Stage Of The #SeriouslyAwkward Campaign

Support the amazing work of The Children’s Society and their important campaign titled, Seriously Awkward.

As an ambassador I am asking all of you to get behind this campaign and help make a difference!

What stage is the campaign at?

The #SeriouslyAwkward campaign is now at the stage where the Government have introduced the Policing and Crime bill to Parliament. This Bill provides a crucial opportunity for them to make important changes to how 16 and 17 year olds are supported and protected.

What can you do to help?

Please let your MP know about our key asks and request they attend the Second Reading debate. Their attendance will help to highlight the issues faced by this group of highly vulnerable young people and show Government what a vitally important issue it is.

How can you help?

It is so easy to help, please click this link and fill in your details and ask your MP to speak up for exploited 16 and 17 year olds.

Seriously Awkward Campaign

Seriously Awkward Campaign

Thank you in advance!  Don’t forget to share on share this on social media and encourage as many people to fill in the form as well!

For more information and to stay up to date on what The Children’s Society is doing, some of their other campaigns, and to read more about the #SeriouslyAwkward Campaign and how to stop child sexual exploitation then head over to their website now.

Rebecca x

#SeriouslyAwkward Campaign