Media Contacts

Joanne Whittier

Gender Equity Office
Ministry of Finance
250 387-0172


Information about sexualized violence in Canada, B.C.
  • Statistics Canada has released new data on police-reported crime, which indicates sexual assaults are at the highest level since 1996, up 15% in B.C. in 2021 from the year previous.
  • Girls and women younger than 25 have the highest rates of police-reported sexual assault in Canada and account for more than half of survivors.
  • Indigenous women, Black women, women of colour, transgender women, women living with disabilities and people with intersecting marginalized identities face a disproportionately higher risk of sexual assault.
  • The rate of self-reported sexual assault among Indigenous women is almost three times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
  • Sexualized violence can be a form of intimate-partner violence.
  • The Cridge Centre for the Family cites that as many as 90% of women who have been in a violent relationship have experienced at least one brain injury as a result of that violence.
  • Gender-based violence has lifelong effects on an individual’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.
  • The effects of gender-based violence can include physical injury and death, injury causing disabilities, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, miscarriage, substance use, absence from school or work, job loss and social isolation.