By the Numbers - Dec. 5, 2016

By the Numbers - Dec. 5, 2016


The number of "Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces" who "reported being victims of sexual assault during the previous 12 months either in the military workplace or in situations involving military members, Department of National Defence employees or contractors," according to a new brief from Statistics Canada -- Sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016.

Some other data points from the brief:

o Female Regular Force members were four times more likely than males to report being sexually assaulted in the past 12 months (4.8% compared with 1.2%).

o Among those serving in the Primary Reserve, which predominantly consists of part-time members, 2.6% reported that they were victims of sexual assault in the past 12 months.

o The most common form of sexual assault was unwanted sexual touching, with 1.5% of Regular Force members stating that they were victims.

o Almost one in four (23%) victims of sexual assault in the past 12 months reported at least one incident of sexual assault to someone in authority, most often their military supervisor (20%).

o Women who were victims of sexual assault in the past 12 months were most likely to identify their supervisor or someone of a higher rank as the perpetrator of the assault (49%). 

o  Almost four in five (79%) members of the Regular Force saw, heard or personally experienced inappropriate sexualized behaviour during the past 12 months, which included inappropriate verbal or non-verbal communication, sexually explicit materials, unwanted contact or suggested sexual relationships.