Uncovering the Facts

  • 51% of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual or physical violence since the age of 16. And close to 60% of these women have survived more than one incident of violence.
  • 1 of 5 men will be sexually assaulted by the time they turn 18.
  • Sexual assault by someone known to the survivor is more common than left-handedness, heart attacks, or alcoholism combined.
  • 80% of sexual assaults occur at home. 49% in broad daylight.
  • 80% of sexual assault survivors show no physical injuries.
  • The #1 drug used in sexual assaults is alcohol. The #2 is marijuana.
  • Less than 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police with a conviction rate of around 1%. See infograph
  • 80 to 90% of women have been sexually harassed at work.
  • 4 of 5 high school students have been sexually harassed.
  • 1 of 4 women on college and university campuses have been sexually assaulted. 90% knew their perpetrators.
  • Women between the ages of 14 to 24 years of age are at the highest risk for being sexually assaulted.
  • 80% of First Nations women have been sexually assaulted.
  • A person with disabilities is 4x more likely to be sexually assaulted.
  • Women of marginalized races and ethnicity's are at a higher risk of being sexually assaulted.

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