More than half of sex offence cases involve children, teens: StatsCan

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While the number of cases of children and teens reporting sexual offences has decreased, it still accounts for more than half of such reports to police, new statistics show.

About 14,000 children and teens reported to police they were victims of sexual offences in Canada in 2012, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday.

This marks the second year in a row that there has been a decrease in police-reported sexual offences.

But more than half of all victims of sexual offences (55%) are children and teens. Of those cases, 72% of the victims were involved in a Level 1 sexual assault, meaning the crime was of a sexual nature that involves minor or no physical injuries.

Girls were more likely than boys to report abuse, with 341 of every 100,000 Canadian girls reporting abuse, compared to 75 per 100,000 Canadian boys.

In 88% of cases, the victim knew the accused, the report says.


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