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Statistics Canada: Almost 19% year over year increase in Sexual Assaults in Ontario

Statistics Canada released recent findings of Incident-based crime statistics in Canada. In these statistics, we can see that the prevalence of sexual assault in Ontario rose from 7,434 police-reported incidences in 2016 and 8,782 in 2017 to 10,634 in 2018 —revealing a year over year increase of almost 19%.

While Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is troubled to learn of the many Ontarians that reported sexual assault in 2018 — over 74 individuals per 100,000 according to Statistics Canada, up from about 62 per 100,000 in the previous year – we are in no way surprised.

SV Statistics Canada July 2019


What Survivors are saying about Ontario Sexual Assault Centres

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres. We’ve been believing survivors for over 40 years.  Centres provide counselling, information and support to survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario.

 

In one year, 16,550 survivors of sexual violence accessed individual and group counselling at Ontario Sexual Assault Centres. 98.9% of survivors who accessed support either strongly agreed or agreed that they felt supported while receiving our services.

Client Feedback SACs Infographic




Ontario Sexual Assault Centres: Our Impact

A Justice Canada study examined the economic cost of violent crime and found that the largest single cost — $4.8 billion in one year – was attributed to sexual assault and other sexual offences.

 

Sexual assault centres aim to reduce this burden on survivors and their support people. Centres provide free counselling, information and support for survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario. The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres:

 

In one year, Ontario Sexual Assault Centres took 48,226 Crisis Line Calls

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Women's Directorate