Country Canada
Year 2012
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

Criminal law reform initiatives include amendments to the Criminal Code to better protect children and youth from sexual predators; increase offender accountability and support victims of crime; protect vulnerable foreign nationals against abuse and exploitation; and enhance Canada’s capacity to protect children against sexual exploitation. Article 153 of the Criminal Code of Canada states that: Every person commits an offence who is in a position of trust or authority towards a young person, who is a person with whom the young person is in a relationship of dependency or who is in a relationship with a young person that is exploitative of the young person, and who
(a) for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of the young person; or
(b) for a sexual purpose, invites, counsels or incites a young person to touch, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, the body of any person, including the body of the person who so invites, counsels or incites and the body of the young person.

Source of Information

Government of Canada, National Review on Beijing+20, 2014, page 21


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