Tuesday, November 6

Four out of five female undergraduate students are victims of violence

Four out of five female undergraduate students are victims of violence within a relationship and a majority of college-aged men admit they would assault a woman if they thought they wouldn't get caught, say the organizers of a conference dealing with violence against women on campus.

The two-day Montreal conference organized by Jewish Women International of Canada is exploring topics including date rape, the effect of sexual violence on a student's grades, and the question of just what "no" means in an age of sexual freedom.

It's the most under-reported crime in Canada, but still, numbers from Statistics Canada show the majority of female university students will be victims of sexual assault. Furthermore, nine out of 10 victims will never step forward to report the crime, meaning many assailants will never be held responsible.


PegsPirate said...

Although the original article implies it, the statistic for college-aged men admitting they would assault a woman if they thought could get away with it isn't from Stats Canada. It's a statistic drawn from a 1992 study published by Helen Lenskyj/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

When I first saw the press release with the numbers (60%, I believe), I scoured Stats Canada looking for the actual study (I'm a bit of a data gathering methodology geek) and couldn't find it anywhere, so I ended up phoning Jewish Women International of Canada and was told the stats were drawn from WAVAW.

Just thought the clarification was important since 15+ year old statistics aren't exactly reliable and the up-to-date stats are horrifying enough on their own.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification!!


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