The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources


Thursday, March 19 , 2020
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time


Kathy Majowski: A2J Project Team leader, CNPEA Board Chair



Older adult victims of sexual assault are too often a forgotten population. Research about older adult sexual assault victims is not robust in contrast to research on victimization of other populations. Scholars have described sexual assault of older victims as a new and emerging field for research. Additionally, public awareness of sexual assault of older women is limited. Contrary to the stereotype commonly depicting a sexual assault victim as a young woman, social science research has shown sexual assault of older women to be a serious problem. 

The Access to Justice project carried out a thorough review of existing literature and research to synthesize core learnings, map out knowledge gaps for future research, and build capacity among service providers and other professionals to help them support older adult victims of sexual assault more effectively. It also aimed to increase awareness of sexual assault of older adults, and foster a better cross-sectoral understanding of the barriers that older victims encounter to access care and justice.

The project has resulted in new learning for service providers, in the curation of a wide array of high quality resources, and in the development of new materials about sexual assault of older adults. Join us for our final A2J webinar, as we conclude this three-year project. Kathy Majowski will offer a synthesis of key learnings and research gaps, as well as recommendations for improved practice and policy. It will also highlight key resources and information on existing supports and the suite of documents developed throughout the project.