Sexual assaults against women

“Every wound leaves a scar and every scar tells a story, a story that says I survived.”


What is sexual assault?


Fundamentally, sexual assault is:

“Using force, threats or coercion to obtain sex or sexual acts;

Shaming her sexuality or sexual preferences;

Not respecting her sexual or physical privacy.”

(Woman Victims of Abuse Protocols 2014)



Main types of sexual assaults:

• Kiss of sexual nature

• Unwanted touching

• Sexual harassment

• Incest

• Rape (gang rape)

• Many others



The assault can be committed by a co-worker, an employer, a friend, a spouse, a family member, a known person or a strager.

(Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal, 2007)



Important facts

• NO, means NO! My body is mine! In other words, if a child or woman asks you not to touch them, their request must be respected.

• And if it happened right before your eyes… 95% of assailants are males and are acquainted with the victim. (Agression sexuel, gouvernement du Québec, 2016)

• Keep your eyes open or be watchful or pay attention : 2/3 of victims are children less than 18 years old. (Violence Against Women in New Brunswick, 2009)


Did you know that… ?

• In Canada, New Brunswick has the third highest number of child sexual abuses. (Statistics Canada, 2016)

• Only 5% of sexual crimes are reported to the police. (Juristat, 2014)

• Just over 8 out of 10 of victims knew their assailant. (Government of Québec, 2010)



Consequences :

- Guilt and shame

- Fear

- Anxiety

- Depression

- Sense of being powerless

- Loss of confidence and low self-esteem

- Sleep and/or eating disorders

- Social isolation

- Difficulties in trusting others

- Difficulties in relationships

- Excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs

(Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal, 2007).



Encourage victims of sexual assault to seek support and/or to report their assailant(s).


For more information on sexual assault, contact Escale MadaVic at 739-6265 or 739-7729.

In case of an emergency, dial 911.





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