Press Release: For Immediate Release
Our Schools Now Campaign calls on schools and parents to help tackle Public Sexual Harassment
In a recent survey, conducted by grassroots organisation, Our Streets Now, more than 64% of secondary school pupils said they had never been taught about Public Sexual Harassment (PSH) in school. With more than *66% of girls aged 14 to 21 experiencing unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public place, and 35% experiencing sexual harassment while wearing their school uniform, Our Streets Now are calling on schools, parents, and students to join their ‘Our Schools Now’ campaign to bring about cultural change through education, with a range of free resources available for all.
The Our Schools Now campaign aims to encourage schools to include information about Public Sexual Harassment in PSHE / RSE lessons. Parents, teachers, and pupils can support the campaign in several ways, including:
- By downloading, sharing, and using the free educational resources on Public Sexual Harassment. All resources follow the Government’s Statutory RSE curriculum: https://www.ourstreetsnow.org/our-schools
- By using the email template to contact your school and make them aware of PSH and what they can do to tackle it, including using the free resources available
- By signing up to the Our Schools Now Community and join Our Streets Now growing team of campaigners who want to use education to end PSH: http://eepurl.com/hsLnfj
Our Streets Now is a nationwide grassroots campaign to end Public Sexual Harassment in the UK by making it a criminal offence and changing the culture that allows it. With the mandate of over 400,000 petition signers, they are working towards a society in which women and girls can feel safe and be safe in public spaces.
Issy Warren, Our Schools Now Campaign lead, said “We know that through our own research, that most students are only taught about Public Sexual Harassment in the context of how to stay safe. We believe any cultural shift in attitude to these issues must begin with education which challenges everyday sexism and harassment. We want to work in partnership with schools to help them deliver practical, informative lessons about Public Sexual Harassment.”
She continued, “We hope though this work with schools, to help raise a new generation of girls who never blame themselves for the harassment they will likely face, and a generation of boys who never become perpetrators of this everyday violence, but instead become allies.”
One of the students who took part in the Our Streets Now research said, “I was walking home from school in my full uniform when a car started driving alongside me. I heard ‘get in’, ‘stop ignoring us’, and ‘come on sexy baby’, one of them even started getting out of the car so I ran away. I was 13.”
To download your free resources for schools, including detailed lesson plans, an email template to send to teachers, and a resource pack, filled with engaging information, definition of key terms related to PSH, artwork and advice to help teachers and students engage with the issues, visit https://www.ourstreetsnow.org/our-schools
If your school signs up, you can also get involved on social media by tagging Our Streets Now and using #saferschoolsforall
Notes to editors:
About Our Streets Now
Our Streets Now is a nationwide grassroots campaign to end public sexual harassment through legislative and cultural change. It was launched with a Change.org
petition in April 2019 by two sisters, Gemma and Maya Tutton, who have both faced this everyday violence. With the mandate of almost 400,000 petition signers and over 35k Instagram followers, they are working towards a society in which women and girls can feel safe and be safe in public spaces. https://www.ourstreetsnow.org/
About the Our Schools Now campaign
Our Schools Now is a campaign run by members of the Our Streets Now team that seeks to include PSH as part of the RSE and PSHE curriculum in England. The campaign has a range of free resources, created for schools and parents to use. In doing so, they hope to raise a new generation of girls who never blame themselves for the harassment they will likely face, and a generation of boys who never become perpetrators of this everyday violence. https://www.ourstreetsnow.org/our-schools
* The Plan UK Report into street harassment in 2019 is an extensive piece of research which found that 38% of girls experience verbal harassment at least once a month, 66% of girls aged 14 to 21 experiencing unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public place and 35% have been sexually harassed while wearing their school uniform.