A number is never just a number: About women

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Number of women in Canada who have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. (Source)


Percentage of all Canadians who say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. (Source)


On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. (Source)


On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. (Source)


Percentage of Canadian women who reported having experienced spousal violence are working women. (Source)


Percentage of Canadian women who reported having experienced spousal violence and who also have a university or college degree. (Source)


Percentage of all Canadians who reported having experienced spousal violence and who also have household incomes of $100,000 or more. (Source)


The proportion of sexual assault victims who were under 18 at the time of their assault. Nearly half (47 per cent) of victims would describe the perpetrator as someone they knew, while 30 per cent say it was a family member. (Source)


That's how many times young Canadian women aged 15-19 are more likely than young men to experience dating violence. (Source)


That's the percentage of Canadian girls who are victim to known/reported cases of cyber-bullying or luring. (Source)


Girls and young women are nearly twice as likely as boys and young men to suffer mental health issues such as depression. (Source)


That's how many girls in Canada who are in Grade 6 who report having self-confidence. Think that's a low number? By Grade 10, it plummets to 18 per cent. (Source)

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month in rabble.ca.

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