In light of the Jian Ghomeshi allegations, I wanted to find some dating/sexual violence stats for Canada. (For those just tuning in, three women whom the CBC radio host dated have claimed he was “physically violent towards them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the lead-up to sexual encounters.”) The women were all around 20 years his junior, which would place them in the mid-late ’20s age range.
Statistics Canada released a chart in 2010 detailing police-reported dating violence by age and gender. In the 25-to-34-year-old age range, 12K+ women reported dating violence, at a rate of 1,337 (out of a 100K unmarried population). This age range had the highest rate of dating violence, and the second-highest number of female victims (second to ages 15 to 24).
Sadly, the numbers could be a lot higher from all the dating violence that goes unreported.
Let’s hope Ghomeshi gets what he deserves.