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PHO Rounds: Understanding Male-to-Female Sexual Harassment and Aggression in Public Drinking Settings

This presentation describes male-to-female sexual harassment and aggression that takes place in Ontario public drinking settings, with a focus on the role of alcohol and men’s normative attitudes and belief in the acceptability of sexual aggression in those settings. Data collected over the past 10 years is described, including a study conducted in 2012 on young adult drinkers in a bar district in a city in Southwestern Ontario, as well as results from qualitative focus group discussions with young adult men conducted in the last three years.  Implications will be discussed in terms of how to prevent sexual aggression in bars and clubs. 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the extent and impact of alcohol-related sexual harassment and aggression in public drinking settings (prior to the pandemic)
  2. Explain the role that alcohol plays in addition to the roles of normative attitudes and beliefs, in public drinking settings
  3. Discuss prevention and policy options to prevent and respond to alcohol-related sexual harassment and aggression in public drinking settings

Presenter(s): Dr. Samantha Wells

Dr. Samantha Wells is Senior Director and Senior Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is also an Associate Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She holds positions as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 4 Feb 2021