Almost Half of Canadian Teens Report Harassment at School

A study of 1800 Canadian girls in the 9th grade found that 46% were the target of sexual comments, jokes, gestures and looks and 30% were sexually touched, pinched or grabbed. Two years later, about 30% of the girls reported they were still being sexually harassed, and 15% told interviewers that they “had oral sex just to avoid having sex.”

The study, from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, found that students in rural and urban high schools reported similar rates of sexual harassment.

“We’re saying it is a very common phenomenon,” Dr. David Wolfe wrote in his report. He noted that teen harassment used to be more racist and sexist and now is “more homophobic and misogynistic.” He and others believe that violent pornography and degrading music lyrics contribute to the problem.