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Sexual Assault According to the Nature of the Acts Committed
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: This form of sexual assault typically involves any unwanted or non-consensual touching, fondling, or groping of another person’s intimate body parts. Even simple actions like unwanted kissing or touching can fall into this category.
- Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration: Sexual assault can also involve non-consensual penetration of a person’s body, including rape. This is a severe form of sexual assault that involves acts such as forced intercourse, whether vaginal, anal, or oral.
- Non-Consensual Digital or Object Penetration: This involves non-consensual penetration using fingers, objects, or foreign substances. It is considered sexual assault and is illegal.
- Non-Consensual Exhibitionism: Some forms of sexual assault involve exposing one’s intimate body parts without consent. This can include flashing or indecent exposure in a public place.
- Non-Consensual Voyeurism: This occurs when an individual secretly watches, records, or photographs another person in intimate situations without their consent.
- Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Content: It’s wrong to share private pictures or videos of someone without their agreement. This is sometimes called “revenge porn,” and it’s a type of sexual assault.
When will there be a lack of consent for sexual activity?
Lack of consent for sexual activity is a critical factor in determining whether sexual activity is considered a crime. Here’s some information about consent, the age of consent for sexual activity, and other types of sexual offenses:
Lack of Consent for Sexual Activity:
- Is Under the Influence: If someone has had too much to drink or taken drugs, and they can’t really say “yes” on their own, then any sexual activity with them is not okay.
- Is Unconscious: Engaging in sexual activity with someone who is unconscious or asleep and unable to give consent is a lack of consent.
- Is Minors or Below the Age of Consent: Having sex with someone who’s underage, even if they say yes, is usually not allowed. The rules about how old you need to be can change depending on where you are.
Age of Consent for Sexual Activity in Canada:
- If the age gap is less than five years, a 14 or 15-year-old can say yes to someone up to five years older.
- If you’re 12 or 13, you can say yes to someone who’s less than two years older.
- If the older person is in charge of or has power over the younger one, they both need to be 18 or older.
Other Types of Sexual Offences:
- Sexual Assault: This encompasses any non-consensual sexual touching, fondling, or penetration, and includes a wide range of non-consensual sexual acts.
- Child Pornography: Creating, distributing, or possessing explicit images of minors is considered a sexual offense.
- Voyeurism: Secretly watching or recording someone without their consent in situations where privacy is expected can lead to voyeurism charges.
- Sexual Exploitation: This involves exploiting a person under 18 years of age for sexual purposes, which can lead to criminal charges.
How Will Sexual Assault Lawyers Help You?
- Legal Expertise: Our lawyers are well-versed in the legal aspects of sexual assault cases. We know the laws, regulations, and procedures, and we will ensure your case is handled professionally and effectively.
- Compassionate Support: We recognize the emotional toll sexual assault can take on survivors. Our lawyers offer compassionate support and a safe space to discuss your experiences and concerns.
- Voice for Survivors: Our team serves as advocates for survivors, helping them to have their voices heard in a system that can often be challenging to navigate.
- Compensation: We work diligently to secure compensation for survivors, which can help cover medical expenses, therapy, and other costs associated with recovery.
- Legal Options: We provide survivors with a clear understanding of their legal options, ensuring they can make informed decisions about their cases.