Friday, June 10, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Getting to the root of sexual assault incidents

By Lisa Goudy

Sexual assault is a serious issue all around the world. 

According to Canadian website, it’s estimated that of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only six are reported to the police. It added that one in four North American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and that 60 per cent of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17.

It said that 80 per cent of assailants are friends and family of the victim and more than 80 per cent of sex crime victims are women. Statistics Canada reports that Saskatchewan’s per capita rate of intimate partner violence is more than double the national rate.

It might be easy to interpret these statistics as just numbers, but in reality, we should all be horrified at these incidents. We can’t imagine what it would be like to go through an experience like that.

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