Canadian Sexual Assault Offences;
Sexual assault is a serious crime that involves any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature. This can range from minor incidents such as slapping someone on the buttocks to more severe acts such as rape. To be found guilty of sexual assault, the prosecution must prove that the accused did not have the consent of the victim for the alleged actions. Under Canadian law, anyone who commits sexual assault can be charged with an indictable offence and face a prison term of up to 10 years, with a minimum punishment of one year in prison if the victim is under the age of 16.
Alternatively, the accused may be charged with a summary conviction offence, punishable by a prison term of up to 18 months, with a minimum punishment of 90 days in prison if the victim is under the age of 16. It is important to note that any form of sexual assault is a serious crime that will be dealt with severely by the criminal justice system.