Sexual offenders

Everyday citizens

Perpetrators are generally people of sound mind who know their victims and take advantage of their trust relationships or positions of authority with them to sexually assault them. A perpetrator could be a sports coach, teacher, employer, colleague, client, spouse, family member, friend, consulted professional, or mere acquaintance.

Taking into account the 5,341 sexual assaults registered in Québec in 2008, here’s what we can say about the perpetrators:

  • Just over eight out of ten cases, the perpetrators were known by their victims.
  • In 98% of cases, the perpetrators were male.
  • In 77% of cases, the perpetrators were adults.
  • In 70% of cases, the perpetrators committed their crime in a private residence (generally their own or that of their victims).

What’s more…

  • Men who sexually assault young boys are not necessarily homosexuals.
  • Perpetrators are solely responsible for their sexual assaults.

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