A new study by Université du Québec à Montréal's department of Sexology has found that one in three people have experienced some form of sexual violence in Quebec's college system.\nThe study, spearheaded by UQAM professor Dr. Manon Bergeron, also found that an overwhelming majority — 93.5% of students and school workers — did not report their respective incidents to the school. \nEditor's Choice: Struggling Restaurant Owners Are Begging Quebec To Let Them Reopen\n\nHow was the study conducted?\n\n \n \n \n \n \n uqam | Instagram\n \n \n \nA total of 6,006 people, made up of both students and employees of five Quebec CEGEPs, responded to an online survey form in fall 2019.\nThe five CEGEPs were Collège Montmorency, Cégep de Sainte-Foy, Cégep de Jonquière, Collège Ahuntsic and Cégep de l’Outaouais.\nThe survey distinguished three types of "sexual violence":\n\n\nSexual harassment: verbal or nonverbal behaviour which isn't aimed at sexual cooperation, but which results in hostile and degrading attitudes;\n\n\nUnwanted sexual behaviour: verbal and nonverbal behaviour of a sexual nature that is offensive, unwanted or non-reciprocal. This criteria covers sexual assault and attempted rape;\n\n\nSexual coercion: blackmail in return for future opportunities related to employment or education.\n\n\nFor questions related to sexual violence, respondents specified whether they had experienced the aggression since the start of their time at the CEGEP or in the 12 months preceding their responses.\n\nHow did women compare to men?\n\n \n \n \n \n \n uqam | Instagram\n \n \n \nSince starting at the CEGEP, 44.8% of women said they had experienced sexual violence affiliated with their CEGEP, compared to 24.4% of men.\nIn the 12 months prior to the survey, 37.5% of women said they had experienced some form of sexual violence in line with the survey's criteria, compared to 20.1% of male respondents.\nOverall, the student respondents said 79.7% of the sexual harassment offences that occurred since the start of their time at CEGEP were committed by men.\nThe figure is almost double the sexual harassment offences by women in the same period, which totalled 41.3%.\n\nHow were marginalized groups affected?\n\n \n \n \n \n \n collegeahuntsic | Instagram\n \n \n \nIn terms of sexual harassment, 40.4% of LGBTQ2+ respondents said they had experienced an offence since the start of their time in CEGEP, compared to 31.4% of heterosexual respondents.\nBoth visible minorities and participants who were not visible minorities experienced similar rates of sexual harassment — 32.1% and 32.7% respectively.\nFor Indigenous respondents, in particular, 37.9% said they experienced sexual violence in the previous 12 months, compared to 32.9% of other minorities and 29.4% non-minorities.\n\nIf you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find them online here. You can also contact the Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at 1-866-887-0015 or online here. For a list of resources by province, go here.