SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual Assault

Being charged with sexual assault can be an extremely stressful situation and you need to know your rights. Simmonds+Partners Defence extensive experience in criminal defence cases will help you exercise your rights.

Criminal Code Definition

The new legislation defined sexual assault according to three levels that include acts such as unwanted sexual touching to violent physical harm to the victim. The following (Statistics Canada, 1999) are the Criminal Code offences that will be included in this paper’s definition of sexual assault:

Sexual assault (level 1) Involves minor physical injuries or no injuries to the victim. It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.


Sexual assault (level 2) Involves sexual assault with a weapon, threats or causing bodily harm. It carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.


Aggravated sexual assault (level 3) Results in wounding, maiming, disfiguring or endangering the life of the victim. The maximum sentence for this offence is life imprisonment.

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