Sexual Assault & Harassment
Sexual assault is defined as any form of non-consensual sexual activity such as unwanted touching, kissing, or rape. On the other hand, sexual harassment can manifest in different ways such as inappropriate comments, behavior, or contact. This can include jokes, threats, or discriminatory remarks about an individual's gender or sexuality, and can occur in person or online.
Sexual violence is a type of gender-based violence that stems from gender inequality and injustice. It can occur between individuals in romantic relationships, families, workplaces, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. Typically, it happens in private settings between people who know each other.
Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstance. However, women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence. This risk is further compounded for those who face additional discrimination and barriers, such as women with disabilities, Indigenous women, and women who are homeless or underhoused. Those who experience sexual violence may not have access to services that cater to their specific needs, particularly those living in rural or remote areas.
Why is ending sexual violence so urgent?
The harm of this preventable violence is significant and has long-lasting, widespread impacts on those who experience it #EndGBV
Sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada not on a decline (Samuel Perreault, Statistics Canada, 2014).
- 30% of all women age 15 or older report experiencing sexual assault at least once
- 3 times: The rate of sexual assault against Indigenous women is approximately three times higher than among non-Indigenous women
- 2 times ; The rate of sexual assault against people with disabilities is about two times higher than those with no disabilities