- 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime. Of these, half will be against women under the age of 16 (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- 1 in 2 women has experienced some form of sexual violence (Statistics Canada Survey, 1993).
- 1 in 3 women has experienced some form of sexual violence that can be legally defined as Sexual Assault (Statistics Canada Survey, 1993).
- According to the Solicitor General, a sexual assault is reported in Canada every 25 minutes. Another report, from the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, indicates that every 17 minutes a woman is sexually assaulted.
- It is estimated that 80-90% of Canadian women will experience sexual harassment at some point in their working lives.
- 81% of sexual assault cases were perpetrated by men who were known to the women (Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, 1991).
- 57% of rapes happen while on dates (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- 60% of sexual assaults occur in private homes (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- 38% of rapes and sexual assaults occur in the victims own home (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- Only 1 in 3 assailants is a total stranger; 2 out of 3 assailants are friends, acquaintances, boyfriends, co-workers or relatives (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- 83% of women with disabilities will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime (Ontario Women's Directorate)
- The majority of date and acquaintance rape victims are young women aged 16-24 (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- Date rape has the lowest reporting rate of all forms of sexual assault. It is estimated that only 1% of all date rapes are reported to the police (Ontario Women's Directorate).
- According to statistics Canada, only 6% of all sexual assaults are reported to police.
- Nearly 90% of sexually assaulted women do not consult with any helping professional after the assault.
- A study found that 60% of Canadian college-aged males said that they would commit sexual assault if they were certain they would not get caught (Ontario Women's Directorate)
Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre - Facts (external - login to view)
Are you shocked yet?
I'm still looking for current stats. StatsCan seems to not want to discuss the issue. Is it embarassing for the pols and bureaucrats?