Cyberstalking in Canada

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Release date: December 4, 2017
Infographic: Cyberstalking in Canada
Description: Cyberstalking in Canada
Instances of Cyberstalking by region
Region Female Male
Canada 8% 6%
West 8% 6%
Ontario 8% 6%
Quebec 5% 4%
Atlantic 8% 5%

Women are more likely than men to be cyberstalked.

A person has experienced "cyberstalking" if they have been subject to repeated and unwanted online attention, within the past five years. This includes receiving unwanted messages via e-mail, text, or social media or having someone post inappropriate, unwanted or personal information or pictures on a social media site.

Those who experienced discrimination in the past 5 years are more likely than those who had not experienced discrimination to have been cyberstalked.

Have been cyberstalked
  Experienced discrimination in the past 5 years Had not experienced discrimination in the past 5 years
Female 19% 6%
Male 15% 4%
Women and men who were cyberstalked in the past 5 years, by age
  15 to 24 55 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older
Women 14% 11% 7% 7% 4% 2%
Men 9%Footnote * 8%Footnote * 5% 4%Footnote * 4% 3%

Avgerage for women: 8%
Average for men: 6%

Cyberstalking decreases with age for both women and men

Single and separated/divorced women are more likely than other women to report being cyberstalked
Marital status Percentage of women who have experienced cyberstalking
MarriedFootnote 1 4%
Common-law 7%
Separated or divorce 12%
Single (never married) 13%

Separated or divorced women who have been cyberstalked are nearly 2.5 times more likely than other separated or divorced women to report having been physically or sexually abused by an ex-spouse

Mental Health

Percentage of Canadians who reported very good or excellent mental health
  Cyberstalked Not cyberstalked
Women 56% 75%
Men 64% 45%

Women who experienced cyberstalking are 25% less likely than other women to rate their mental health as very good or excellent

Personal Safety

Percentage of Canadians who are satisfied or very satisfied with their personal safety
  Cyberstalked Not cyberstalked
Women 75% 86%
Men 87% 92%

Women and men who have been cyberstalked are less likely than those who have not to be satisfied or very satisfied with their personal safety

Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey on Canadians' Safety (Victimization), 2014

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