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Statistics

Significant statistics 1

In Québec 5,293 sexual offenses were registered by police in 2009. Many fall under the Criminal Code of Canada, notably sexual assault, sexual touching or invitation to sexual touching with children under 16, sexual abuse of a teen 16 to 18 years old, and incest. Since March 1, 2008, they have also included corrupting children, luring a child via computer, and voyeurism.

The sexual offenses were mainly sexual assaults, numbering 4,212. Other sexual offenses totaled 1,081.

33% of sexual offenses registered in 2009 were reported to police the same day they were committed, while 22% were reported over a year after being committed.

83% of victims were female

  • 52%: young girls under 18
  • 31%: adult women

17% were male victims

  • 14%: young boys under 18
  • 3%: adult men

66% of victims were under 18

  • 52% of girls
  • 14% of boys
  • 10%: 5 or under
  • 19%: 6 to 11
  • 20%: 12 to 14
  • 17%: 15 to 17
  • 13%: 18 to 24
  • 21%: 25 or older

76% 0ffenses against young victims and 61% of adult victims have been committed in a private residence.

The majority of victims knew the perpetrator, or 86% of young victims and 71% of adult victims.

For adult victims:

  • The perpetrator was a mere acquaintance (38%)
  • He was a spouse, ex-spouse, intimate friend, or ex-intimate friend (27%)

For young victims, it was mainly:

  • An immediate family member (42%);
  • A distant family member (8%).

Children, compared to adults, were more often assaulted by

  • An immediate family member (parent, step-parent, brother, or sister) (42% compared to 13%)
  • A member of the extended family (8% compared to 4%)
  • A person in a position of authority (6% compared to 2%)

Nearly three out of ten victims (31%) were physically injured when assaulted.

The alleged perpetrators of these sexual assaults were mainly male (97%) and mainly adults in terms of age (79%):

  • 19% were age 12 to 17
  • 14% were age 18 to 24
  • 16% were age 25 to 34
  • 20% were age 35 to 44
  • 15% were age 45 to 54
  • 14% were 55 or older

 

Difficult to Report

Certain studies paint an even bleaker picture. They maintain that sexual assaults are the offenses least reported to police. Why? Because of the shame or fear felt by victims as well as the taboos, myths, and prejudices surrounding these crimes that keep them from being reported.

1 2009 Statistics on Sexual Assault in Québec, Ministère de la Sécurité publique, 2011.

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