Statistics and Facts


  • Women are assaulted too often.
  • We as a society need to say NO to abuse
  • There needs to be more awareness and education beginning at a very young age to help break the cycle of abuse. Denial is not the answer.
  • Families need to seek out support from professionals that can help them deal with abuse.
  • Men need to say NO to abuse.
  • Women/girls need to be more aware of warning signs in abusive relationships and avoid certain personality types.
  • Women/girls need to support each other.
  • Of all women who are sexually assaulted, 69% are assaulted by men they know. (owd 1995,1)
  • 31% of sexual assaults occur in dating and acquaintance relationships.  (owd 1995,2)
  • According to Statistics Canada, only six percent of sexual assaults are reported to the police. (owd 1995,1)
  • In 51% of incidences of dating violence reported by Canadian women, the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol. (johnson 1996, 128) (metrac stats sheet)
  • 43% of all wife assaults result in medical attention.
  • 25% of women experienced sexual touching and 24% of women experienced a violent sexual attack. (johnson 1996, 50)
  • In a Canadian study, 25% of all female post-secondary students in 1993 had been physically and/or sexually assaulted by a male date or boyfriend.  (johnson 1996)
  • Very few women take any type of self defense training.