Another increase in sexual assault, says Statistics Canada

The rate of sexual assault reported to police increased further in Canada in 2018, according to Statistics Canada, and there does not appear to be a shortage of complaints by victims almost two years after the movement of denunciation #MoiAussi became viral.
The year 2018 saw an increase in sexual assault reported to the police by 15 percent.

In all, some 28,700 such crimes were reported to police last year, or 78 per 100,000 population.

The whistleblowing movement reached its peak in social media in October 2017. Immediately after, Statistics Canada found that the number of sexual assaults reported to the police and found to be justified had exploded. He reported that the average number of victims of police-reported sexual assault in the country had risen from 59 a day before #MeAussi to 74 after the birth of the movement. In short, a 25 percent increase for the period from October to December 2017, compared to an equivalent three-month period in 2016.

But the increases for these crimes have not started in 2017: the federal statistical agency stresses that this is the fourth consecutive annual increase in the rate of sexual assault.

Almost all (98 percent) of these police-reported assaults were classified as Level 1, which means that they did not involve a weapon or caused an apparent bodily harm to a person. the victim, adds Statistics Canada in its report released Monday.

And despite these increases in reported sexual offenses, a sad fact: “The number of police-reported sexual assaults is likely an underestimate of the actual number of sexual assaults in Canada, as these types of sexual assault often occur. ‘Offenses are not reported to the police,’ it says in the report on crime statistics.

The data released on Monday also reveals a two per cent increase in crime across the country, all offenses combined.

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