Sexual violence by the numbers

Statistics Canada reports that:[Stats Canada: Sexual Assault Statistics in Canada]

  • Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police
  • 1 - 2% of "date rape" sexual assaults are reported to the police
  • 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
  • 1 in 14 Indigenous people are victims of violent incidents, 1/3 of those are sexual assaults.[Making a Difference: Ending Violence Against Aboriginal Women, October 2013]
  • 11% of women have physical injury resulting for sexual assault
  • Only 2 - 4% of all sexual assaults reported are false reports
  • 60% of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17
  • over 80% of sex crime victims are women
  • 80% of sexual assault incidents occur in the home
  • 17% of girls under 16 have experienced some form of incest
  • 83% of disabled women will be sexual assaulted during their lifetime
  • 15% of sexual assault victims are boys under 16
  • Half of all sexual offenders are married or in long term relationships
  • 57% of Indigenous women have been sexually abused
  • 1/5th of all sexual assaults involve a weapon of some sort
  • 80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim

In Ontario:[Egale Human Rights Trust. Every Class in Every School]

  • 20% of trans Ontarians have been targets of physical or sexual assaults
  • 49% of trans students have been sexually harassed in school

Stats Canada reports their statistics have been taken from various studies across Canada. A few key generalizations:

  • Sexual assault is far more common than most would suspect
  • Relatively few incidents of sexual assault are reported to the police
  • Young and otherwise vulnerable women are most likely to be sexually abused
  • Most sexual assaults are committed by someone close to the victim, not a stranger

See also: Canadian Women’s Foundation