Police statistics [French only] produced by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique are the primary source of validated data for identifying and monitoring the evolution of sexual offences in Québec. It should be noted that sexual offences include sexual assault (simple, aggravated or with a weapon) as well as other offences that are sexual in nature, such as sexual contact, sexual exploitation, incest, child corruption and luring a child by means of a computer.
In Québec, as elsewhere in the world, women and girls represent the majority of sexual offence victim. In fact, police statistics on sexual offences for 2014 indicate that 84% of victims are female, while 96% of alleged perpetrators are male.
These statistics show that 5 340 sexual offences were recorded by Québec law enforcement in 2014. Based on these offences, police data reveals that:
Note that these statistics reflect the sexual offences reported over the course of a single year, which were not necessarily committed in the year during which they were reported.
Moreover, it should be pointed out that, according to the 2014 General Social Survey – Victimization, the rate of reported sexual assaults is estimated at only 5%. This is therefore a field in which the existing data remains incomplete and must be interpreted as such.
Date de mise à jour : 14 novembre 2017