Sexual assault and harassment are persistent forms of gender-based violence that are rooted in gender inequality.
In fact, sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada that is not declining. Its impact goes far beyond survivors; dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault costs Canadians billions of dollars every year.
- 82% of those under 18 who experience sexual assault are girls.
- 1 in 3 Canadians understand what it means to give consent in sexual situations.
- 5% of sexual assaults were reported to police in 2014.
Since the vast majority of sexual assault isn’t reported to police, both police-reported data and self-reported data from social surveys help to establish its scope.
This fact page answers some frequently asked questions about sexual assault and harassment in Canada.