I've experienced sexual harassment numerous times: Maria Miller

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Maria Miller said harassment happens 'on a very regular basis' to women in the workplace
Maria Miller said harassment happens 'on a very regular basis' to women in the workplace
12 October 2017 7:15PM

Former culture secretary Maria Miller has revealed that she has been sexually harassed "numerous times".

The Tory chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee said harassment happens "on a very regular basis" to women in the workplace.

Asked if she had experienced such behaviour, Ms Miller told 5 News: "Sexual harassment, of course, we all have.

"I probably speak pretty bluntly to people and it's not something I would tolerate. But, I think, perhaps, if you haven't got that level of self-confidence, then you won't deal with it.

"I think you and I would agree that sexual harassment will happen on a very regular basis to women in the workplace. I mean it would be too numerous to give you an example.

"But, I do think that it's something that, particularly in very male-dominated industries, women are still experiencing this. We should not talk about it in the past tense."

Ms Miller also said teachers need to take a "very hard look" at harassment in schools and not dismiss it as "child's play".

She said: "We don't give guidance to schools to report crimes when they happen because headteachers know that if there's drugs being used in a school, if somebody has broken in and stolen something, that is a crime. It would be reported to the police.

"I think headteachers need to take a very long hard look at their own policies to make sure that they are also seeing sexual abuse as a crime and reporting it, because at the moment, I think, it's being written off as being ... child's play and it's simply not that. It's a crime and it needs to be a reported."