Sexual harassment common in schools

One in five girls aged 13 to 16 has suffered sexual harassment in school, according to a new study.

Girls are generally more vulnerable to abuse and feel more unsafe in school than boys, accoring to a new report by the anti-bullying organisation Friends. One in ten boys have experienced sexual harassment compared to one in five girls.

The report also shows that one in five children in elementary school has been abused by another pupil in the past year.

The secretary general of Friends, Lars Arrhenius, calls for improved student health care and compulsory training programmes on bullying for student teachers. "We would never accept these figures if it was a workplace for adults," Arrhenius writes in a press release.

The report is based on a survey in which 12,766 children aged 9 to 16 participated.