The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics compiled the following statistics, titled Sexual Assault in Canada 2004 and 2007.

Statistics estimate that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some form of unwanted sexual contact before they are 16. Child sexual abuse is rarely reported, though everyone in Canada has a duty to report if they know that a child, 18 and under, is being abused.

  • Less than 1 in 10 sexual assaults are reported to the police
  • Women are 5 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than men
  • The majority of sexual assaults reported to police are by individuals between the ages 15-24
  • 97% of people accused of sexual assault in 2007 were male. This is higher representation than any other form of violence crime
  • In 2007, 82% cases reported to the police showed that the victim and the offender knew one another, with 18% of assaults being committed by a stranger to the victim
  • 56% of sexual assault occur in or near the residence of the victim/survivor
  • 51% of survivors of sexual assaults reported to the police that they had difficulty carrying on their day-to-day activities after their assault

With the following statistics, please keep in mind that the majority of these statistics reflect the experience of cisgendered women. Statistics for transgendered people are almost non-existent due to the barriers when reporting assaults or attempting to seek help.

If you would like statistics related to the SASC, please contact us sasc[at]ams.ubc.ca