Reports of sexual assault on NS campuses far below national average

March 8, 2018

PSE institutions across Nova Scotia reported a total of 24 sexual assaults between August 2016 and September 2017, or 0.55 incidents per 1,000 students, according to the Chronicle Herald. The article adds that the province's reported numbers fall well below the national rate of 70 disclosures per 1,000 students. According to St Francis Xavier University Student Union President Annie Sirois, NS’s real rate of campus sexual assault is “absolutely higher than (what’s being reported to administrations).” According to Students Nova Scotia executive director Tristan Bray, the low number of disclosures inhibits universities from evaluating the efficacy of their sexual assault prevention programs. Chronicle Herald