The Nature and Extent of Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada

This fact sheet provides an overview of key statistics included in the Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada issue brief produced for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum for the Status of Women.Footnote 1 The issue brief highlights that women represent the vast majority of those who are sexually assaulted and that gender is a fundamental determinant of sexual violence. It also provides information on national and provincial data that is available on sexual violence as well as data on particular subpopulations of women who are at increased risk. Information on relevant programs, policy changes, and effective interventions are discussed. This information is intended to support policy, program development and decision making for government, non-government organizations, service providers, academics and others working to address sexual violence.

Key Findings:

Sexual Violence and Vulnerable Populations of Women:

Interactions between different aspects of a person's identity and social location (age, race, ethnicity, ability, income, employment status, etc.) can leave some people more vulnerable to experiencing sexual violence than others. Sexual violence against women takes place across a range of income and education levels, suggesting that socio-economic factors alone have a limited role in explaining vulnerability. Some sub-populations of women experience more sexual violence than others, including:

Aboriginal Women:

Women with Disabilities:

Young Women and Adolescents:

Consequences and Impacts:

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