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MP calls for inquiry into ‘rape culture’ at independent schools


An inquiry should be set up to look into allegations of a “rape culture” at some of the country’s most distinguished schools, a senior MP has said.

Robert Halfon, the chair of the Education Select Committee, said that what has allegedly been happening at several independent schools was “appalling” and claimed it had spread to state schools too.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said that countless stories had emerged of female pupils being “objectified, harassed and sexually assaulted”.

He welcomed an investigation by the Metropolitan Police but said an independent inquiry should be launched after the police probe to find out “what exactly has gone on, why it was allowed to take place and what the schools did to try and stop it.”

Mr Halfon also claimed senior staff had been “at best unable or at worst unwilling” to deal with the abuse and added: “Headteachers and governors should be held directly accountable. If found wanting, they should step down from their positions.”



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