Sexual assaults and other sexual offences can be very sensitive in nature. To ensure your rights are protected and your innocence is maintained until proven otherwise, you need help from Winnipeg defence lawyer, Jeffrey J. Gindin, Q.C.
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Consent Is Key to Sexual Assault Offences
In order for the Crown to prove their case, they must clearly demonstrate to the Court, the complainant (victim) did not give consent. Consent means that the victim did not agree to be touched in a sexual manner by the accused. In addition, the Crown must establish the accused knowingly assaulted the victim in a sexual way, either with or without the use of force. This is a simplified version of this offence which may often be much more complex.
Types of Sexual Assault Offences
There are varying degrees of sexual assault offences one could be charged with, depending on the circumstances, which could include:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault with a Weapon
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
Other Types of Sexual Offences
The Criminal Code of Canada defines several other types of sexual offences including, but not be limited to:
- Sexual Interference: Engaging in sexual touching with any person under the age of 16 years old.
- Indecent Acts: Exposing one’s genitals, masturbating in public, or nudity that offends the public order or decency are considered indecent acts.
- Posting videos or pictures or having them in your possession that depicts those under the age of 18 is considered child pornography.
- Sexual Exploitation: This sexual offence is where a person has a position of power or authority over another and uses it to engage in sexual acts. It also includes offences for engaging in sexual acts with those aged 16 or 17.
- Luring with a Computer:Using a computer or other such device to lure a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts.
The penalties for sexual offences can be very severe, including:
- A criminal record;
- Jail sentences;
- Being placed on the Sex Offender’s Registry and/or Child Abuse Registry;
- You can lose your job or be restricted form working certain jobs working with children such as schools, community centres, camps and a variety of others.
If you have been charged with sexual assault or any sexual offence, you need the expertise of Jeffrey J. Gindin, Q.C. to achieve the most appropriate outcomes. Call now for a free consultation.