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63% of Ontario universities report experiencing sexual harassment

A new report from the government.



Eli Ridder | Report

A new report released by the government of Ontario on Tuesday found that 63 per cent of university students who participated in a survey on campus sexual violence said they have experienced sexual harassment in one form or another.

The minister in charge of the post-secondary education portfolio called the results “disturbing” and announced $6 million in grant funding to boost sexual violence programs on campus.

Universities and colleges will be required to review their sexual violence policies and form task forces to address the issue by September. They will also be required to report annually on the measures take to support students who have experienced sexual violence.

The report was completed by 116,000 university students and 42,000 college students and asked 50 questions gauging respondents on their perceptions of consent and rape myths, experiences with sexual violence and harassment and on how well they believe their school responds.

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