NAWL submits brief on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

NAWL submitted a brief on Bill C-5—An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code—to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. 36 feminist and equality-seeking organizations endorsed the brief, including: Accessibility for All Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Amnesty International Canada AMS Sexual Assault Support […]

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Confidential Records and Sexual Assault Complainants post-Mills: Still Vulnerable?

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference During the 1990s, the scope of access to complainant’s confidential records was radically widened in a series of decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada that relied upon an almost inviolable interpretation of the right to a fair trial (R. v. Osolin, [1993] 4 S.C.R. 595; […]

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Rape Shield Provisions Upheld

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code (s. 276, 276.1and 276.2) in R. v. Darrach, 2000 SCC 46, released October 12. Except in one respect, the decision does not extend protections to women; its importance lies in the fact that it […]

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Discriminatory Uses of Personal Records in Sexual Violence Cases: Notes for Sexual Assault Counsellors on the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decisions in R v O’Connor and LLA v AB

The paper is designed to be of use to women in sexual assault centres who are likely to be faced with subpoenas to produce personal records. It also gives a useful summary of the two Supreme Court cases that represent current law on the issue. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1996/01/ISBN0895996198.pdf” title=”Discriminatory Uses of Personal Records in Sexual Violence […]

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A Brief on Bill C-72: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code

This brief addresses the government’s legislative response to the Daviault decision that created a defence of extreme intoxication for offences such as sexual assault and manslaughter. It outlines the history of the law before the Daviault decision and section by section, analyses Bill C-72 and its constitutionality. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1995/06/ABriefonBillC-72.pdf” title=”A Brief on Bill C-72: An […]

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Bill 100: An Act to Amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991

NAWL’s presentation on legislation to regulate the discipline of health professionals accused of sexually abusing their patients includes recommendations on a comprehensive definition of sexual abuse, standing for patients at disciplinary hearings and appropriate compensation. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1993/11/ISBN0929049977.pdf” title=”Bill 100: An Act to Amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991″] […]

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A Brief on Bill C-49, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sexual Assault)

NAWL’s response to the proposed “rapeshield” law. Submitted to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-49.[pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1992/05/ISBN0929049683.pdf” title=”A Brief on Bill C-49, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sexual Assault)”] […]

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A Brief on Bill C-15, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act Regarding Sexual Offences Against Young People

Applauds government’s initiatives regarding child sexual abuse, but shows concern about procedure and evidence provisions. Outlines changes to improve child victims’ access to the courts and proposes changes to new offences of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, and invitation to sexual touching including an additional offence to deal with the problem of repeated sexual offences on […]

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