One third of women have been sexually assaulted or harassed, fewer than one quarter reported the assault

November 24, 2017

The third wave of the Campaign Research Poll, an online omnibus opinion survey conducted among 1,970 adult Canadians, found that one third of women have been sexually assaulted or harassed (32%), while one tenth of men report that it has happened to them (10%). Of the total (21%), assault or harassment most commonly occurs amongst the youngest (26%) Canadians, in the Prairies (29%), Green Party voters (35%), and the least wealthy (29%).

Among assault victims, less than one quarter reported the incident (22%), and these are most likely to be the youngest (35%), those in BC (29%), federal New Democrats (29%) and those in mid-income groups ($60K to $80K - 30%).


“Woman continue to be the primary target of sexual assault and harassment.  Moreover, too many women continue not report it to the authorities.  In recognition of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, let’s all do our part to prevent abuse of any kind.” said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research. Eli may be reached at or at (647) 931-4025 X 109



This online poll was conducted between April 3 and 11, 2017, among a sample of 1970 adult Canadians. A probability sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 2%, 19 times out of 20. Data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the demographics of Canada according to 2016 Statistics Canada census data.


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