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Schools are finally addressing sexual abuse—but will it work?

Teenage girls have long known sexual violence is commonplace in schools—and finally people are listening. But what happens when the media moves on?

By Emily Lawford  

Photo: Anna Watson / Alamy Stock Photo

In recent weeks the government, media, and education authorities have been shocked to discover something most teenage girls already knew: that sexual violence, harassment and misogyny are commonplace in UK schools.    

The Everyone’s Invited website, which was set up in June 2020 as a platform to track anonymous testimonies of abuse, has recorded more than 15,000 alleged incidents, including rape accusations, most of which involve people at school age.  

“It’s hugely traumatic for young people” says Everyone’s Invited’s founder, the 22-year-old campaigner Soma Sara. She began the site after the television show I May Destroy You prompted her to talk with friends…

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