21 Mar 2018

Significant minority of women in New Brunswick report having been sexually harassed

  • Overall, one-quarter of the adult New Brunswick population has experienced sexual harassment, with one-third of women having experienced such an incident
  • One in ten residents have been sexually harassed within the last five years, with one in six women having experienced such an incident during that time frame
  • The likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment in New Brunswick is similar to that of Atlantic Canada overall

HALIFAX, NS March 21, 2018: One-quarter of the adult New Brunswick population reports having experienced sexual harassment, with one-third of women in the province experiencing such an incident in their lifetime, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Recently, there has been considerable public discussion on the topic of harassment. To better understand the prevalence in New Brunswick, residents were asked when, if at all, they last experienced sexual harassment. Overall, one-quarter (23%) of New Brunswickers indicate that they have been sexually harassed, with one in ten (10%) having most recently experienced sexual harassment within the last five years, and one in eight (13%) having most recently experienced such an incident five years ago or more. Meanwhile, three-quarters (76%) of residents have never been sexually harassed.

At the same time, one-third (35%) of women in New Brunswick indicate that they have been sexually harassed, with one in six (17%) women having most recently experienced sexual harassment within the last five years, and a similar number (18%) having most recently experienced such an incident five years ago or more. Meanwhile, two-thirds (64%) of women have never been sexually harassed.

The likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment in New Brunswick is similar to that of Atlantic Canada overall (26% of residents overall, and 41% of women).

“Although the incidence of sexual harassment reported, particularly among women, is significant, it may not be as high as some might have expected,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “The results nonetheless serve to underscore the ongoing need to address the long-standing societal problem.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 384 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 1 to 25, 2018, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

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Amanda Bates