Canada’s Rape Shield Law Will Be Tested In Court Today

Canada’s Supreme Court is expected to clarify the limits of Canada’s rape-shield law today as it weighs in on a case involving an Ontario teenager. At issue is just how far the law should go in protecting sexual-assault complainants from scrutiny of their own sex lives. In the case before the top court, a man was initially convicted of sexually assaulting and the teenager. Ontario’s Appeal Court quashed the verdict on appeal. It found the trial judge had blocked the defence from asking the complainant relevant questions about her sexual activities. That made it impossible for the accused to show someone else might have made the teen pregnant. The Criminal Code of Canada restricts the admissibility of evidence that the complainant has engaged in sexual activity, whether with the accused or with any other person. To read more about the Rape Shield Law: CLICK HERE (You will be redirected)

Contains files from The Canadian Press

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan