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

screen shot 2020 04 27 at 9.59.30 amIn 2020, CNPEA completed a three-year project titled Increasing Access to Justice for Older Victims. This project resulted in the development of new training and learning for service providers about the sexual assault of older adults, and of a  centralized repository of resources about sexual assault of older adults. CNPEA gathered, curated, and synthesized a detailed, array of key resources and materials about sexual assault of older adults.
For more details, check out the project page.

This is the second literature review produced for this project. It was designed for a broad audience including researchers, policymakers, advocates, health care providers, and social service providers. It is divided into three main sections.

  • Section I provides an overview of what we know about sexual assault in later life, including what constitutes sexual assault of older adults, its prevalence, risk factors for victimization and perpetration, and barriers to reporting and intervening.
  • Section II outlines practical strategies and recommendations for the prevention, identification, and intervention of sexual assault in later life.
  • Section III provides a selective list and description of some of the available tools and resources that can be useful for older persons, health care and service providers, advocates, and criminal justice personnel.


Amy Peirone, PhD SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph
Myrna Dawson, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Guelph, Director, Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence

Access the first Literature Review Sexual Assault Against Older Adults here.


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