What is Harassment? 

Sexual harassment is not simple to define as a list of behaviours, but it can be anything that makes your customers or employees feel uncomfortable, most generally either verbal or physical sexual behaviour towards a person without consent.

Some examples: 

  • Unwanted whistling
  • Leering
  • Sexist, homophobic or transphobic slurs
  • Persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no
  • Sexual names, comments and demands
  • Following
  • Flashing
  • Public masturbation
  • Groping
  • Taking photos without consent
  • Sexual touching

How common is sexual harassment in Canada, really?

Too common.  43% of Canadian women have been harassed at work.  67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.  And stories like this, this, this, and this are unfortunately all too common.  

  • 77% of stalking victims are women.
  • 21% of people between 18 and 34 incorrectly believe sending an explicit photo, text or email counts as consent.
  • 45% of perpetrators were identified as a casual acquaintance or friend. Statistics Canada 2011.
  • 25% of sexual assaults against women were committed by a stranger.  
  • 1,397 sexual assaults occur in Canada every day.
  • Alcohol is the most common substance in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault and that 1 in 5 sexual assaults are drug facilitated and that there are a variety of drugs, including alcohol, used by perpetrators to incapacitate their victims.

Do we really need GNO in Vancouver?

Incidents of non-penetration sexual assaults (i.e. a grope, grab or kiss) are on the rise in Vancouver. 

  • Most of the assaults are committed by strangers to the victim
  • The most vulnerable age groups are those in over-25 years and the 19-to-24 age group categories
  • Sexual assaults occur mainly during the late evening and early morning 
  • Alcohol in some capacity, was involved in about 31 to 43% of sexual assaults incidents over the last three years.