Violence Against Young Women

This infographic presents statistics on violence against women in secondary school, college, and university. It also compares rates of violence against women 15-34 to the rates experienced by older women.

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Violence Against Female Secondary School Students:

  • More than 4 out of 10 Ontario girls are the target of unwanted sexual comments or gestures.
  • 1 out of 4 Ontario girls report having been pressured into doing something sexual they did not want to do
  • More than 4 out of 10 teenage girls in Quebec experienced abuse by their boyfriends

Violence Against Female College & University Students:

Incidence of women abuse in Canadian college & university dating relationships:

  • 79% Reported being psychologically abused
  • 27% Reported being sexually abused
  • 22% Reported being physically abused
  • 15-25% North American female college & university students who will experience sexual assault during their academic career.

As of 2010, there were 582 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. In 85% of the 582 cases, the age of the victim was known (495 cases). 55% of these 495 cases involved women and girls under the age 31. 17% involved women and girls aged 18yrs and youngers.

During one school year. 36% of female students in grades 7 to 12 experienced sexual harassment through texting, email, Facebook, or other electronic means.

Police-reported violence against women in Canada in 2011:

Young women aged 15 to 24 are:

  • At greatest risk of all forms of police-reported violence against women
  • The most vulnerable to sexual violence by dating partner
  • At greatest risk of being murdered by a current or former spouse

Self-reported victimization of women in Canada in 2009:

Compared to older women, women aged 15 to 34 are:

  • 3x more likely to report non spousal violent victimization
  • 5x more likely to report non-spousal sexual assault
  • 2-3x more likely to report non-spousal victimization in the last 12 months