Some provinces do better than others when it comes to cases of sexual assaults, as a report from Statistics Canada released yesterday demonstrates.
Analyzing data from reported sexual assault cases from 2009 to 2014 in Canada, StatsCan then found an average national rate for the crime. The info was then broken down by province.
Averages were calculated by dividing the total population of a province with the total amount of reported sexual assault cases from 2009-2014, then multiplying that number by 100,000.
Canada’s average annual rate for reported sexual assault incidents was found to be 62.1.
Prince Edward Island had the lowest provincial average at 48.3. Quebec wasn’t far behind at 49.6, with the highest rate found in Manitoba, 113.8.
Additional information provided in the StatsCan report adds some context to the very serious issue of sexual assault in Canada.
Out of all violent crimes in Canada, sexual assault is the most under-reported, making the numbers included in the StatsCan report modest, at best.
A total of 98% of all cases were classified as “level 1 offences,” meaning the assaulter didn’t use a weapon and the survivor wasn’t left with any visible evidence of bodily harm.
Most of the survivors of sexual assault cases in Canada are female (87%), with over a quarter (26%) being 13 years old or younger.
The median delay of reporting a sexual assault was 25 days. That’s ten times longer than physical assault incidents, points out StatsCan.
Most of all sexual assault incidents (87%) were perpetrated by someone the survivor knew beforehand. StatsCan says the most common are acquaintances, a family member, or a sexual partner.
Rates of sexual assault incidents were also found to be higher outside of urban centres. The average annual rate in a city is 53.1 incidents per 100,000 population compared to 83.0 outside of city centres.
Sexual assault is an incredibly serious matter, and none of these numbers are to be taken lightly. The fact that statistical data proves young Canadian women are targets of sexual assault, and many of them don’t feel comfortable reporting an incident, showcases a serious societal problem.
Below you’ll find the sexual assault rates of each province, ranked from lowest to highest.