Sexual violence on campus: the portrait is accurate at Université Laval

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The Université Laval had gone through a crisis in the fall of 2016, after a series of assaults on the campus.

The new survey ESSIMU reveals that among the people saying that they have experienced sexual violence since their arrival at the Laval University, and only 6 % have reported or criticized such actions.


Among the participants in the study, one in four said they experienced some form of sexual violence. Among women, 47 % of female students have been victims of trafficking, while in men, we speak of nearly one student in three.


In one case as in the other, the reasons for not complaining are “very interesting” because they can provide “avenues of intervention,” said one of the researchers involved in the study, Francine Lavoie, of the school of psychology


The people — men as well as women — said that they no longer want to think, that the situation does not seem ” serious enough “, that we do not take them seriously or that the process seemed too complex.


Conducted among nearly 2000 respondents, the survey was conducted in January 2016 in the framework of the independent Investigation Sexuality, security and interactions in the academic environment (ESSIMU).


The results demonstrate that the perpetrators are mainly students (71 %), followed by teachers (21 %) and other types of employees (15 %).


The types of violence listed include harassment, sexual behaviours, unwanted (including aggression) and sexual coercion (blackmail in return for rewards in the middle).


Launched in 2015 by the UQAM, the survey ESSIMU on sexual violence in the university environment has also studied the phenomenon at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the Université de Montréal and at the Université de Sherbrooke.


In total, 9284 people have participated in the online exercise, including 1963 at the University of Laval.


The results obtained at Laval University are “similar” to those obtained in the national survey made public last year.


The researchers noted, however, that some places were more at risk on the Laval University campus, including the residences, the tunnels, the pub university, woodlands and trails that are on the territory.


Other details will follow.

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