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November 29, 2017

Sexual assault prosecutions in Canada suffer from a curious dichotomy. On the one hand, we enjoy perhaps the most progressive sexual assault laws around, which should be praised as the gold standard. On the other hand, we are facing a crisis of confidence in the prosec...

Daniel Brown and Jill Witkin’s “Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Offence Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook” (1) provides a detailed overview of all aspects of sexual assault cases through prosecutor and defence perspectives. Daniel Brown is lead counsel at Daniel Brown...

October 19, 2017

In the glare of an apparent inadequacy of intake and responses to campus sexual assault and harassment, CBC recently reported that a number of sexual misconduct investigations are underway at Ontario's Universities:

  • Carleton: 3 reports/investigations 

  • McMaster:...

October 12, 2017

A Swedish man, Bjorn Samstrom, is on trial in his country for “gross rape” against victims he never physically touched. The catch? He committed the acts against his victims entirely over the internet, while they were in the US, Britain, and Canada.

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September 20, 2017

On June 6th of 2017, the Canadian Federal Justice Minister introduced legislation to attempt to update the current Criminal Code of Canada. You can read more about that in Melanie Murchison’s Robson Crim Blog Post. I wish to focus in and touch on one point in particula...

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