In today’s Province there was a report on the results of a survey of victims of sexual assault. The demographically–diverse survey interviewed 207 people. The results are very consistent with what activists have been saying for years.
Among the results:
- Two thirds of both male and female victims of sexual assault had no confidence in the justice system, ranging from actually filing a complaint on forward.
- A majority of people did not report either sexual assault or sexual abuse to authorities. Reasons given include fear of victim–blaming and a fear of not being taken seriously.
The results were released late last month. I searched for it on the Department of Justice’s website, but couldn’t find it.
Anyway, the implications of this survey are clear. We need to restore confidence in the justice system.