Young people from marginalized sexual and racial groups are more vulnerable to being targeted for sexual harassment (Wolfe and Chiodo, CAMH, 2008)
In its Ontario-wide research, TransPulse found that trans people are the targets of specifically directed violence; 20% had been physically or sexually assaulted for being trans, and another 34% had been verbally threatened or harassed (TransPulse, 2015)
70% of trans youth in Canada have experienced sexual harassment. More than one-third of trans youth ages 14-18 share that they were physically threatened or injured in the past year
Black women face more systemic barriers when reporting sexual violence, and engaging with the criminal justice system as victims of crime (Cossins, 2003; Pietsch, N. 2015)
First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people in Canada are at increased risk of violence: for example, a Canadian national inquiry found that Indigenous women and girls are 16 times more likely to be slain or to disappear than white women (National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2019)
The Cedar Project in Canada identified a statistical connection between colonial violence, and sexual violence impacting Canadian Indigenous women today: of the 259 women participating in the study, 28 per cent reported that they were sexually assaulted during a seven-year period of the study. 41 per cent of that group were assaulted more than once.