The rate and number of sexual assaults against women in Manitoba are rising, up more than 10 per cent between 2009 and 2011. Police-reported cases of attempted murder and physical assaults fell in the same period, but Manitoba still has close to double the national rate of violence against women.
Manitoba historically has held this ignominious rank among provinces — only Saskatchewan’s rate is higher, says Statistics Canada. Violent crime generally here is higher, but more so with women.
StatsCan does not survey or collect statistics from First Nations communities. Data collected from police, courts, jail and general population surveys indicate violent crime is much higher on reserves and for aboriginal people across the country.
With about half the First Nation population living on reserves, a big piece of the domestic violence story in Manitoba is not being told and the rate of violence is likely higher.
» Versions of these editorials ran recently in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2013