Sexual Harassment In Schools

Sexual Harassment In Schools

Katie Horsburgh

On the surface, my film is about a particularly sick form of prejudiced-based bullying which takes place in schools across the country. It is both a cry for help and a call to action - this simply can't go on any longer. Originally my film was going to be statistic-based and explore the social structures underpinning sexual harassment, but I decided that the human stories I received from real girls was where real impact would come from. 
Beneath the surface, I believe it’s also about power/powerlessness, respect/lack thereof, and equality/inequality. When girls experience sexual harassment, their power is taken from them, and the space is claimed by the perpetrator. The effects of this are huge - from being less likely to raise their hands in class to serious mental health problems. The lack of respect many teenage boys have for girls is a reflection of wider gender inequality across society, but as this is a problem in education we have a wonderful opportunity to make real change. If this issue were tackled in youth - in school - the ripple effects would be felt for generations to come. Girls would be able to learn freely, and the power would be theirs. 

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