Sexual assault investigation hints at few reported cases

by | Feb 10, 2015 | News

By Shai Williamson

A six-month investigation by the CBC revealed that there have been more than 700 sexual assaults reported at colleges and universities across Canada over the past 5 years; a number that seems low to some.

Out of the 87 schools the CBC contacted, only 77 offered a complete set of data.

Ryerson Unversity had the highest number of total reports with 57, while Acadia University had the highest per capita, with 22 reported cases and a student population of 3,820 according to the CBC.

A third-year female student at Acadia who asked not to be named said the report shocked some students.

“A lot of people are surprised that the number’s so low,” the student said.

“I thought that there would be a lot more [reported cases],” she said.

Charlene Senn, a professor at University of Windsor who also studies violence against women at post-secondary institutions, said she doesn’t think the numbers accurately represent the extent of what’s going on.

“Even the highest numbers represent an incredible under-representation,” she said.

“People can’t presume that they can tell what the numbers mean until they ask questions.”