Victims of sexual violent crime in Canada in 2016, by type of offence and age

This statistic shows the number of adult and child victims of sexual violent crime in Canada in 2016, distinguished by type of offence. In 2016, around 4,497 children aged 17 or younger became victims of sexual interference.

Number of child and adult victims of sexual violent crime in Canada in 2016, by type of offence

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Source

Release date

January 2018

Region

Canada

Survey time period

2016

Supplementary notes

- Data not applicable.

Sexual assault levels according to seriousness:
'Level 1' is the least serious form of assault and includes pushing, slapping, punching and face-to-face verbal threats.
'Level 2' is defined as assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm.
'Level 3' is defined as assault that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the victim.

Other sexual offences include corrupting children, making sexually explicit material available to children, anal intercourse, bestiality, other unknown sexual assault, and as of December 2014, new violations classified as 'commodification of sexual activity.' These include the purchasing of sexual services or communicating for that purpose, receiving material benefit deriving from purchase of sexual services, procuring of persons for the purpose of prostitution, and advertising sexual services offered for sale.

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