May 28, 2014 3:06 pm

Manitoba has highest rate of child sex abuse: StatsCan

According to numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, there were 316 reported sexual offences for every 100,000 children aged 17 and under in 2012.

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba has the highest rate of sexual offences against children among all provinces, according to Statistics Canada data.

There were 316 reported sexual offences for every 100,000 children aged 17 and under in 2012, say statistics released by the agency Wednesday.

Saskatchewan and New Brunswick were close behind.

The numbers also show girls were almost five times more likely to be assaulted than boys, and nine out of 10 victims knew the accused.

The report shows sexual offences against children were down across the country, but children still made up more than half of all sexual assault victims despite comprising just 20 per cent of the national population.

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