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

Irvin Waller invited to Chile by Fundación Paz Ciudadana to contribute to a Long Term Strategy for Crime Prevention

Fundación Paz Ciudadana is a prestigious national think-tank working with the Inter-American Development Bank to model a process to develop a long term agenda in Latin America for public safety based on crime prevention evidence. Professor Irvin Waller (Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa) met with top officials in the National Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Public Safety and Ministry of Justice. He discussed his book on Smarter Crime Control in a key note speech at a high level public event hosted by the Minister of Public Safety and gave a keynote speech at the law school of the University of Chile.  

Professor Waller's recommendations included diagnosing the problems before investing in solutions with sustained funding – equivalent to 10% of the police, courts and corrections budgets.  He argues that "policing must support this shift, be a partner and become more preventive". Furthermore, that the funding must go primarily to invest in early childhood, parenting programs, youth services, school curriculum, and the health sector.  "Consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals" he continued "the results of actions must be evaluated to ensure reductions in the numbers of victims of violence and victims of violence against women". Read more about the Fundación Paz Ciudadana here.