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[su_note note_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#000000″]Sexual violence is a serious health, social and public safety issue in Nova Scotia. We know that incidents of sexual violence are under-reported in our province. In April 2014, work began to develop Nova Scotia’s first provincial sexual violence strategy.

A provincial strategy will help us coordinate services to better respond to the needs of victims and survivors. We want you to be a part of our work in developing a plan of action. All Nova Scotians should expect to live safely and to have services available to them when they need them. This strategy will help us accomplish this.[/su_note]

Sexual Assault Statistics 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:

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