Professor Holly Johnson comments on stability of Canadian sexual assault rate over past 10 years

Photo by Devon Buchanan (Flickr)

Photo by Devon Buchanan (Flickr)

Recent findings from the 2014 Statistics Canada General Social Survey on victimization suggest that although self-reported rates of sexual assault have remained stable over the past 10 years, police-reported sexual assault has declined by 20%. According to Professor Holly Johnson, this finding suggests that "[we] are now accumulating a pretty incredible body of evidence on the prevalence of sexual assault and how we’re failing to address it".  The report further states that the stability of the sexual assault rate stands in contrast to declining rates of other types of crime (e.g., robbery, physical assault). 

Click here to read Professor Johnson's interviews on this topic with The Globe and Mail and with Global News.

Click below to learn more about local and national organizations with which Professor Johnson is involved. 

The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

Congratulations to Justin Piché and Michael Kempa!

Justin Piché

Justin Piché

There are many reasons for being proud of the quality and relevance of the work being done in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. We are pleased to announce two additional reasons for being proud of the work done by our colleagues.

Justin Piché has been selected as the recipient of the Faculty of Social Sciences Young Researcher of the Year 2016, underlining the exceptional quality of the research work of a professor in an early stage of career. Read more about Justin's research initiative here

Michael Kempa has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Activities in the Media, highlighting his exceptional contribution in the media and on the public scene.


Michael Kempa

Michael Kempa

Michael Kempa is a social scientist with the spirit of an investigative journalist: he considers these parallel domains of public-interest scholarship. With professional experience inside the CBC, Postmedia, and other major news providers, Michael seizes opportunities in the shifting media and university landscapes to maximise mutual and public benefit.  Rather than simply having academics comment on the news or write up their own research for popular consumption, this new form of collaboration starts right at the stage of research design and data collection, and carries on through analysis and dissemination. The 2016 Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Activities in the Media or Community will provide resources to drive his work forward.

See, for example: (nominated for a National Magazine Award, Best Investigative Feature)

These awards are well deserved. They give us the opportunity to congratulate our colleagues for their exceptional contribution to the intellectual and scientific life of the Faculty and of our Department.

Congratulations to both of them!