'Founded' sexual assaults complaints increased in Canada after #Metoo movement went viral

The number of sexual assault complaints filed with police and classified as founded increased sharply in Canada after the MeToo movement went viral in October 2017.

Statistics Canada, looked at two periods, before MeToo, from January 2016 to September 2017, and after, October to December 2017.

Researchers found that Quebec had the largest increase in sexual assaults reported to police, rising 61 per cent after MeToo.

Newfoundland and Labrador saw the second highest increase, rising 36 per cent, and Manitoba was next at 27 per cent.

The other provinces and territories were below the national average increase of 24 per cent.

Nationally, the figures show an average of 74 sexual assaults reported to police per day after MeToo, compared with 59 per day before.