Statistics Canada has released detailed data about the sharp increase in police-reported sexual assault cases since the #MeToo movement took off last year. #MeToo gained traction on social media in October 2017 and quickly became a global movement against sexual harassment and misconduct.
Since then, police forces across Canada are receiving more reports of sexual assault than they have in a decade. According to Stats Canada, police-reported sexual assaults went from an average of 59 per day before #MeToo to 74 per day after #MeToo. That's a 24 percent national increase, from 15.0 to 18.6 victims per 100,000 Canadians.
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But, some provinces saw a much greater increase in sexual assault reports than others. In some parts of Canada, sexual assault reports have actually decreased since then. But, one province in particular stands out among the rest.
Quebec saw the highest increase from before #MeToo to after, rising by rising 61 percent, equal to 20.0 victims per 100,000 population. Before the movement, the average number of victims was 12.4 per 100,000.
Following closely behind is Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba, which saw a 36 percent and 27 percent increase in sexual assault reports, respectively. Ontario's rose by 19 percent and BC by 16 percent. These statistics are also broken down by the city, to indicate which metropolitan areas saw the most sexual assault victims come forward to police following #MeToo.
Here is the full map below, provided by Stats Canada:
Stats Canada's report says that women and girls under 25 years old account for over half of the victims of sexual assaults before and after #MeToo. Of these, the majority of sexual assault reports come from 15 to 17-year-old female victims and rose by 32 percent after #MeToo took off.
To see the full report, click here.