Use of the term “Rape” in the context of Sexual Violence:This policy refers to the offence of sexual assault to align with the current offence contained in the Criminal Code. The word “rape” is no longer used in criminal statutes in Canada. The term was replaced many years ago to acknowledge that sexual violence is not about sex but is about acts of psychological and physical violence. The term “sexual assault” provides a much broader definition and criminalizes unwanted behaviour such as touching and kissing as well as unwanted oral sex and vaginal and anal intercourse. Although the term no longer has a legal meaning in Canada, the term rape is still commonly used.
Please Click on the APPENDIX I button below to go over the Myths and Facts about Sexual Assault
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRES IN ONTARIO AND SERVICES IN TORONTO
DISPELLING THE MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT
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