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‘Been raped never reported’: Why 90% of sex assault victims stay silent rather than face trial by ordeal

Sex assault in Canada

460,000: Estimated number of sexual assaults each year

90%: Proportion of those assaults that are unreported

12: Number of incidents for which charges are laid for every 1,000 sexual assaults that occur

3: Number of convictions for every 1,000 sexual assaults that occur

300: The median number of days it takes for a sexual assault case to make its way through the judicial system in Canada. (Only murder and attempted murder take longer.)

90%: Proportion of female sex assault victims. (Women are 11 times more likely than men to be a victim of a sexual offence.)

75%: Proportion of women sexually assaulted in 2011 who knew their attacker

25%: Proportion of sexual assaults against women committed by a stranger

Source: Statistics Canada


National Post | News

Her name is known to few, but her case made headlines for years in Montreal.

In late 2011, an 18-year-old Concordia University student accused three McGill University football players of sexually assaulting her after she and a friend were invited to their apartment.

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During the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, I impulsively and angrily composed a tweet with the hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported.

I tweeted that I had been raped and never reported it. I tweeted about sexual abuse at the hands of my grandfather and how the police didn’t believe me.

Suddenly and ironically, Ghomeshi and his narcissistic ways were drowned out by a tsunami of rape victims’ voices from around the globe.

Thousands, if not millions, of women — and some men — used the hashtag to compress years of pain and shame into a short, powerful statement. There was no need — or space — to go into…

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