Eli Ridder | Report

Over 2,500 students — 51.5 per cent — of respondents from Humber College said they had experienced sexual harassment in a sexual violence survey that took place earlier this spring, over the public college provincial average by over 1 per cent.

63% of Ontario Universities Report Sexual Violence

The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey also found that 900 students at Humber experienced non-consensual sex in 2018 out of more than 5,000 that participated in the questions.

While 17 per cent of Humber respondents disclosed a “non-consensual sexual experience” and 28.7 per cent said they had that experience at the Guelph university — which may or may not include numbers from Guelph-Humber.

The University of Guelph-Humber was not listed as an institution in the survey despite an official telling The Avro Post earlier this year that the unique university was considered part of the survey. The University of Guelph made the cut.

The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey also found that 51.5 per cent — over 2,500 students — of respondents from Humber College said they had experienced sexual harassment, over the public college provincial average by over 1 per cent.

The survey came out on Mar. 19, and The Avro Post published an initial report on the critical finding that 63 per cent of students at universities experienced sexual violence on campus in one way 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.


Image of Humber College from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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