Sexual Violence

Sexual Assault is defined as an assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. The act of sexual assault does not depend solely on contact with any specific part of the human anatomy but rather the act of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. When investigating a sexual assault, there are certain relevant factors to consider: 

  • The part of the body touched 
  • The nature of the contact 
  • The situation in which the contact occurred 
  • The words and gestures accompanying the act 
  • All other circumstances surrounding the act 
  • Any threats that may or may not be accompanied by force 

The victim of the sexual assault can be man or woman and the attacker can be of the same sex as the victim. A spouse may be charged with sexual assault upon the other spouse.

Everyone who commits a sexual assault is guilty of 

An indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months

refer to the criminal code for more information.