It appears there is still a stigma surrounding sexual assault.
A new report by Statistics Canada shows sexual assault is the only crime that is not on the decline in Canada.
Kathy AuCoin with the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics says 22 per 1000 people reported they were sexually assaulted in 2014.
“…but when we looked at Aboriginal women versus non-Aboriginal women, we also noted that there was a higher risk among Aboriginal by about 20%, relative to the non-Aboriginal counterparts.”
The General Social Survey revealed just under one -third of Canadians report being victimized by a crime, but AuCoin says that number drops to 5% for sexual assaults reported to police.
“What we know for many victims is a reluctance to report to police, and sexual assaults are the crime type that are least likely to come to the attention of police, and that has not changed over the past 10 years.”
The survey was done in 2014, with its results released Monday.
Click here to view the full survey.
LISTEN to Kathy Aucoin of Statistics Canada discuss the findings with CKNW reporter Shelby Thom:
LISTEN to CKNW’s Simi Sara speaking with Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer, Executive Director of Women Against Violence Against Women: