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What is the Definition of Sexual Assault?
What is the Legal Definition of Consent?
- Be the person engaging in sexual activity. Another person cannot give consent on behalf of another person.
- The person must be able to consent. A person who is underage or unconscious cannot give consent.
- It cannot be as a result of an abuse of trust, power, or authority.
- It cannot be as a result of threats or fear for one’s safety
- Not have given it as a result of being tricked or deceived about a material fact. An example of this would be his/her partner’s HIV status.
What is the Age of Consent?
Can a Person be Accused of Sexual Assault Even if the Alleged Victim is his/her Spouse?
What if an Assault is not for a Sexual purpose?
Can a Drunk Person Consent to Sexual Activity?
What is the Difference Between Rape and Sexual Assault?
What are the Defences to Sexual Assault?
- Consent – Where a court has reasonable doubt as to whether or not a complainant wilfully consented to participate in sexual activity, this defence is successful.
- Honest but mistaken belief in consent – Where a person is not reckless or “wilfully blind” to a person’s lack of consent, s/he may be found not guilty of sexual assault.
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Sexual assault Resources
Sexual Assault Definition What is the the Definition of sexual assault in Canada? What are the Criminal Code provisions for sexual assault? Under section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, a person can be charged for committing a sexual assault. This section of the...read more
What Kind of Sexual Assault Are You Charged With? It is important to know from the very start what kind of sexual assault you are charged with. The type of sexual assault you are charged with will change the minimum possible sentence. Some crimes are considered...read more
The first thing to know about the difference between sexual assault and rape is that “rape” is not listed as a criminal offence in the Criminal Code of Canada. Sexual assault is listed as an offence, and it is contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code. Rape What...read more
What is Statutory Rape? Statutory Rape in Canada is defined as any sexual contact with a person under the age of consent. This usually refers to an adults touching children for sexual purposes. What is the Age of Consent in Canada? Canada’s age of consent is 16 years...read more
What is an Intermittent Sentence? An intermittent sentence is a sentence of imprisonment that is served on specific days only, as opposed to consecutive days. For an example, a person who is sentenced intermittently could serve their sentence on weekends only. It is...read more
What is the Fundamental Principle of Sentencing? The Criminal Code states that the fundamental principle, or guiding rule, of sentencing is that “[a] sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender.” This...read more
SOIRA - Sexual Offender Information Registry Act Due Process Must Always Trump Victims’ Rights in Sexual Assault Cases Why Did Jian Ghomeshi Have His Sexual Assault Charge Dropped for a Peace Bond?read more
Definition of Consent The most basic definition of consent is permission or agreement from one person to another person to have that other person do something that would otherwise be illegal. This general definition applies to all situations. Additionally, the law...read more
The criminal proceedings against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi for sexual assault have reached a conclusion this week, after it was reported that the Crown would withdraw the final sexual assault charge that was alleged to have occurred by a former colleague at...read more