February 23, 2013 - Canada - In this SAFE International Women Self Defense Blog I am offering some Canadian Sexual Assault Statistics I found in regards to Sexual Assault here in Canada. SAFE International specializes in Sexual Assault Prevention courses.
Four out of five female undergraduates recently surveyed at Canadian universities said that they had been victims of violence in a dating relationship. Of that number, 29% reported incidents of sexual assault.
A recent survey on date rape showed that 60% of Canadian college-aged males indicated that they would commit sexual assault if they knew they would not be caught.
According to Statistics Canada, only 6% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police.
31% of sexual assaults occur in dating and acquaintance relationships
The majority of date and acquaintance rape victims are young women aged 16 to 24.
A 1993 survey found that one-half of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual or physical violence. Almost 60% of these women were the targets of more than one of these incidents.
Statistics show one in four Canadian women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime. Half of these assaults will be against women under the age of 16.
Statistics Canada indicates that women are physically injured in 11% of sexual assaults.
The effects of sexual assault on a woman's mental health and well-being can be just as serious as physical injuries. 9 out of 10 incidents of violence against women have an emotional effect on the victim. The most commonly reported effects are anger, fear and becoming more cautious and less trusting.
False accusations of rape happen no more often than false reports of other types of crime: about 2 to 4%, which means that 96 to 98% of reports are true.
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