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Sexual Abuse


Statistics 1 on the prevalence of adult and child sexual abuse do not accurately reflect reality because, most of the time, the majority of these crimes are committed in secret with no witnesses.

  • In 2008, 62% of sexual abuse victims in Quebec were under 18 years of age.
  • A total of 10% of these victims were 5 years of age or younger, 22% were between 6 to 11 years of age, and 36% were between 12 to 18 years of age.
  • The prevalence of child sexual abuse is reported to be 20% for girls and about 10% for boys2. however, it is strongly believed that the statistics regarding the sexual abuse of boys are inaccurate.
  • In 97% of cases, the abuser is a male, 70 to 90% of them know their victim3,4. Most of the time, the abuser is someone from the child's immediate circle. In 50% of sexual abuse cases, they are a relative of the child.
  • Less than 3% of all sexual abuse cases reported to Protection Services Canada and less than 4% of police investigations of child sexual assault are against an acquaintance of the child (employee of the child's school, sports centre, or recreational facility)5.
  1. Ibid.
  2. Baril, K. et M. Tourigny. « La violence sexuelle envers les enfants ». In Clément, M.E. et S. Dufour (dir.). La violence à l'égard des enfants en milieu familial.
    Montréal : Éditions CEC, 2009, pp. 145-160.
  3. Gouvernement du Québec, op. cit.
  4. Badgley, R., Allard, H., McCormick, N., Proudfoot, P., Fortin, D., Ogilvie, D. et al. Infractions sexuelles à l'égard des enfants - Vol 1.
    Ottawa : Comité sur les infractions sexuelles à l'égard des enfants et des jeunes, 1984.
  5. Trocmé, N. et K. Schumaker. « Reported child sexual abuse in Canadian schools and recreational facilities ».
    Children and Youth Services Review. 1999, 21 : 621-642.
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