Did you know

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted by age 18.

3 in 5 sexually abused females have been physically coerced and threatened by their assailant.

61% of sexual offences reported to police were of children and youth under 18 years of age (unlike other violent crimes, children and youth are targeted in the majority of sexual offences).

Of the children and youth above, 80% were female.

Victims of sexual offences knew the accused in 80% of cases:*

  • 48% – friend, acquaintance
  • 32% – family member
  • 13% – stranger

Children under 11 are most often victimized by family members:

  • 40% – relatives
  • 40% – friends
  • 10% – strangers

97% of child sexual abuse victims know their perpetrators.

70-80% of child sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol abuse.

62% of teen pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape.

Young girls who have been sexually abused are 3 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders or drug and alcohol abuse in adulthood than girls not sexually abused in childhood.

46% of women in prison are survivors of child sexual abuse.

95% of teenage prostitutes have been sexually abused.

70% of offenders had between 1-9 victims, 23% had between 10-40 victims.

70% in a psychiatric emergency room sample were survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

40% of psychiatric inpatients have "confirmed" histories of child sexual abuse.

44% of psychiatric outpatients have histories of child sexual abuse.

Approximately 20% of child sexual abuse victims suffer significant long-term effects, with: high rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dissociative disorders, interpersonal dysfunction, sexual problems, and suicidal tendencies.

Source: Stats Canada, 2003

At The Laurel Centre

On a yearly basis, The Laurel Centre admits an average of 100 women in the long-term individual counselling program.

61% of admitted clients live in poverty.

79% of clients who complete the program at The Laurel Centre are free from substance use or reduced substance use.

86% of clients who complete the program are able to gain employment, volunteering and / or go back to school.

On a yearly basis, The Laurel Centre provides services to over 300 clients (including all programs).