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Sexual assault survivors name 45 schools across ONE county on website detailing accounts

A total of 45 schools across just one county have been named on a website for anonymous accounts of sexual assault survivors.

Current and former students across the UK are speaking out about harrowing incidents of rape, sexual assault, abuse and violence.

But research shows 45 schools in Oxfordshire have been named on the Everyone’s Invited website which was set up by Soma Sara in March. 

Pupils were urged to share their stories of assault and harassment and they also regularly named the school or college.

A total of 45 schools across just one county have been named on a website for anonymous accounts of sexual assault survivors including Headington School (pictured)

The Oxford Mail sifted through more than 50,000 testimonies to discover those relating to Oxfordshire – many of which allegedly took place at prestigious private institutions.

The allegations include rapes at house parties, stealthing (deliberately removing a condom during sex without your partner’s knowledge) and coercion, to sexual harassment and assault on public transport.

Most of the accounts detailed abuse between classmates but some called out teachers.

One testimony made by a pupil at Headington School read: ‘A teacher at my all-girls school said ‘your essays need to be like your skirts, long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep us interested’.

‘Everyone was really uncomfortable but when we told another teacher she laughed and said it was just a joke and the incident never got investigated.’

‘Assume sexual harassment is happening in schools’: Ofsted advises teachers to be more vigilant 

Schools must ‘assume’ they have a sexual harassment problem and will fail inspections if they cannot show that they are tackling it, Ofsted has said. 

The watchdog has launched a historic crackdown on sex abuse in schools after hundreds were accused of presiding over a ‘rape culture’ by the Everyone’s Invited website.

In rules published earlier this week, inspectors will demand to see how head teachers are preventing peer-on-peer abuse – both at school and online.

By 8am on inspection day, they must provide records and analysis of sexual harassment or sexual violence, as well as sexist bullying. 

Ofsted said: ‘Inspectors will expect schools and college leaders to assume that sexual harassment, online abuse and sexual violence are happening in and around their school, even when there are no specific reports, and to have put in place a whole school approach to address them.’

The rules, published in the official handbook for inspectors, will be in place from September. 

It is likely to lead to some otherwise good schools failing their inspections if they are slow to respond.

Donna Stevens, chief executive of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA), which governs the school, said they are taking this issue seriously and talking with pupils, parents and staff about historic incidents in order to bring about positive change. 

Another student from another county school revealed she experienced a number of male teachers looking up her skirt which has made her ‘too scared’ to walk up the school stairs without holding down the hem.

A spokesperson for the school said they assessed the comment and believe it is in relation ‘to a request for the skirt uniform to be of a certain length’ as part of their dress code and uniform policy.

Incidents described on Everyone’s Invited often took place outside of school premises, at parties or other social gatherings.

However, there are a significant number which detail harassment and assault in school settings or the sharing of nude images between classmates. 

And the shocking scale of the problem stretches well beyond the school gates.

An epidemic of sexual violence has also been exposed within the UK’s further education sector with Everyone’s Invited releasing the names of 119 universities mentioned in testimonies.

Stories of sexual assault, violence, and harassment were also shared by students at University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes.

There were 57 testimonies mentioning the elite University of Oxford – making it one of the top five most referenced UK universities on the website.

One student shared her horrifying experience of stealthing, writing: ‘I went on a date with a boy not from the university in first year.

‘He was a few years older than me. Ended up getting very drunk.

‘He took me back to college and we had (I think?) consensual, but unpleasant sex (I was just pinned down).

‘I do know that he removed the condom while we were having sex. I found it in the bin and he refused to confirm that he’d been wearing one when I messaged him.

‘The next morning he told me he ‘was not leaving my room until we had sex’.

‘I kept changing the subject and eventually he got bored and left, without sex.’

A spokesperson for University of Oxford explained that students and staff affected by sexual violence or harassment are given ‘extensive’ support.

They added that while the university does not comment on individual cases, students are always offered expert, professional support from a number of sources for any welfare and academic issues that arise.

A number of students at Oxford Brookes (pictured) also shared their testimonies about abuse on and outside the premises of the university

A number of students at Oxford Brookes (pictured) also shared their testimonies about abuse on and outside the premises of the university

Pupils were urged to share their stories of assault and harassment from across the UK and they also regularly named the school or college. Pictured: A woman and child walk past placards attached to the fence outside James Allen's Girls' School in London during protests last month

Pupils were urged to share their stories of assault and harassment from across the UK and they also regularly named the school or college. Pictured: A woman and child walk past placards attached to the fence outside James Allen’s Girls’ School in London during protests last month

A number of students at Oxford Brookes also shared their testimonies about abuse on and outside the premises of the university.

One woman wrote: ‘During my first night of freshers, I was sexually assaulted by my new flatmate who I had only known for a few hours and met that day.

‘He led me into his room and tried to get on top of me. He grabbed my ass and tried to kiss me, tried to lift up my top and grabbed my boob multiple times over my jumper.

‘Every time I pushed him off and would repeatedly say ‘no’ and ‘stop’ but he did not listen.

‘I told my friend who was in my flat and she told her mum, who reported it that day to the university.

‘I heard nothing from the university and I had to share a flat with him for the rest of the year.’

Another student revealed how they had a testicle ‘forcefully dragged’ across their face as ‘banter’ in a room full of only men during a pre-training briefing.

A spokesperson for Oxford Brookes confirmed that the safety and welfare of the students is of the ‘utmost importance’, and their priority is to ensure any victims get the help and support they need and ensure any accusations are investigated.


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