There are some things that are sure to shock you. Like putting your finger in an electrical socket. Or the incredibly high price of cauliflower at your local grocery store. Or a scary movie scene. You know something awful is going to happen by the sinister feeling of suspense created by the crescendoing music, and yet you still jump. 

Something else that is really shocking: the stats on Sexual Assault in Canada.

A Numerical Representation of the Truth

  • 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
  • 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 aboriginal 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

The above noted statistics have been taken from various studies across Canada. While the numbers can never been 100% accurate, a few key generalizations can made:

  1. sexual assault is far more common than most would suspect
  2. relatively few incidents of sexual assault are reported to the police
  3. young and otherwise vulnerable women are most likely to be sexually abused
  4. most sexual assaults are committed by someone close to the victim, not a stranger 

**Note: These Stats have been taken from:

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