Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police
1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
Only 2 – 4% of all sexual assaults reported are false reports
60% of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17
80% of sexual assault incidents occur in the home
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
80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim
What Is Consent?
Click below to watch a short video that will explain consent including: what consent is and what it is not, what consent looks like, age of consent and how to ask for consent.
Only 1 in 3 Canadians know what sexual consent means
According to Canadian law, consent should be both positive (e.g. saying yes, initiating and/or enjoying sexual activity) and ongoing (e.g. continues during the sexual activity).
Only 1 in 3 survey respondents identified both of these traits as forms of consent.
While 97% of Canadians believe consent is required for sexual activity between people on a casual date or between new partners, 1 in 10 Canadians believe consent is not required or don’t know if it’s required between spouses (12%) or long-term partners (11%).
Learn More About Building a Culture of Consent
Click on the images below to watch videos from the Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee about building a culture of consent.