The term “sexual crime” is an umbrella categorization that governs many types of sexually related charges that involve violence and aggression. Sexual assault is a specific type of offence and it can be defined as any form of sexual contact imposed on a person without their consent or free will.
The term “rape” is not used in the Canadian Criminal Code in an effort to lose the moral stigma attached to it and also to highlight the violent nature of the crime. The change in terminology to Sexual Assault provides for a more specific charge to be filed depending on the nature and circumstance (if a weapon was used, threats, etc.)
In summary, the Criminal Code defines the criminal offence of sexual assault as follows:
Sexual assault is a serious offence which is usually punishable with jail time and can carry a penalty of up to ten years’ incarceration depending on the serious of the case. While studies show that women are at greater risk of being sexually assaulted, no particular race, creed, age or gender is exempt from this act of violence.
There are many unfortunate and lingering myths surrounding sexual assault and a few are listed below.
Through research, many of these beliefs have been dispelled.
If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault or any other type of criminal offence, call us as soon as possible. Your initial consultation is free and we provide you with a judgement free service that can help you get your life back together.
Your reputation and livelihood can be negatively impacted if you are charged or convicted. We at Kruse Law have extensive experience in successfully representing our clients and will gladly extend our services to you.