SURVIVORS, NOT VICTIMS
SEXUAL ASSAULT, TW*
Sexual assault and harassment are persistent forms of violence committed against anyone, no matter the gender. Sexual assault crimes are the only crimes in Canada that is not declining, and it costs billions of dollars ever years to cope with the aftermath.
It is hard to establish real data as most sexual assault or harassment is not reported to the police, so most data are estimates. However, these results are still horrifying! Most of the information I found was for sexual assault is against women and I will continue to hunt for more information to educate everyone appropriately.
In 2014, there were 553,000 sexual assault report (Statistic’s Canada’s General Social Survey on Victimization). 8% of sexual assaults reported to the police were by men in 2008 and since 1999, the rates of sexual assault crimes have stayed constant. Canadians from the ages of 15 to 25 are 18 times more likely to be assaulted than anyone over the age of 55+. About 80% of the perpetrators are close to the victim and there is no statistical link between elevated sexual assault rates and alcohol consumption.
In Canada, there are three levels of sexual assault crimes.
Level 1- Sexual violence that has caused little or no physical injury.
Level 2– Sexual violence that involve a weapon, threat, or bodily harm.
Level 3-Sexual violence that involve physical wounds, disfigurement, or threaten the life of
Even though in the eyes of the legal system, sexual violence can be categorized in three levels, everyone who experiences sexual violence can have long term impacts such as having higher rates of depression/anxiety, developing sleep disorders and eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal intentions among many others.
IF THERE IS ONE THING YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE FROM THIS, REMEMBER THAT THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT. NO BLAME IS YOURS, IT IS THE PERPETRATOR AND ONLY THIS VIOLENT PERSON WHO IS AT FAULT.
If you have been sexually assaulted, the best way to move forward is to speak about it. Talk to someone you are comfortable with, and who can help support you through the next steps. Please report your sexual assault, it is difficult and a long road to recovery, but the more we bring to light this sort of violence, the more the legal system will deal with it appropriately!
You are loved, and there is hope <3
IF YOU ARE HAVING THOUGHTS ON SEXUALLY ASSAULTING SOMEONE
Please talk to someone. The need for sexual violence stems from psychological and emotional issues that can be worked on with therapy and self-reflection. Do not wait until compulsions turn into actions.