PLAYGROUND RAPISTS Schoolboy rapists think it’s normal for girls to CRY during sex – as it’s claimed ‘a rape a day’ happens in UK schools

Campaigner Laura Bates blames the 'dehumanising' nature of online porn and a lack of sex and relationship lessons

13 August 2018 - 17:16

SCHOOLBOY rapists think it's normal for girls to cry during sex, an expert has warned, amid a feared rise in playground sexual assaults across Britain.

Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism, says teenage boys believe making their victims shed tears is part of the process.

She told the Edinburgh International Book Festival this is down to the content of online porn and a lack of education in schools to counteract it.

The Times reported  her saying: "I went to school recently where they had a rape case involving a 14-year-old boy and a teacher had said to him, 'Why didn’t you stop when she was crying?' and he looked straight back at her quite bewildered and said, 'Because it is normal for girls to cry during sex.'

“I go into schools and talk to children around that age all that time who think that crying is part of foreplay because they have seen so much online porn that normalises violence and treating women in a way that is incredibly misogynistic and dehumanising.”

Ms Bates said a rape each term day is occurring in UK schools with 600 being reported to the police in the three years to July 2015.

 It has been reported 600 rapes in UK schools were reported to the police in the three years to July 2015
 
It has been reported 600 rapes in UK schools were reported to the police in the three years to July 2015

Everyday Sexism pressured the government to make relationships and sex education compulsory, and pushed for guidelines for schools to stop children having to be placed with pupils who assaulted them.

Ms Bates said: "At the moment guidance is non-existent because the last guidance was written 20 years ago so for all these people experiencing online porn and sexting there is absolutely no advice at all.”

She added that although some schools do currently teach sex education it can be put into the curriculum too late.

The lessons and advice given would be more useful if given to younger students, she believes.

Earlier this year we reported how the Department for Education had promised to publish guidance in “early 2018” but a response to a consultation which closed in February has still not been published.

It was supposed to come into force by September 2019 - but industry bible Schools Week last night said insiders in the Department for Education said the roll-out had been pushed back because of complaints from schools about a lack of preparation.

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