Canadian Criminal Law/Offences/Sexual Offences

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Sexual Assault-based Offences[edit]

It is not always necessary that the Crown call a toxicologist or any other type of forensic expert to prove that the complainant was drugged using a date-rape drug.[1]

For sexual offences (s. 151, 152, 153, 153.1, 155, 159, 160, 170, 171, 172, 173, 212, 271, 272 or 273), section 274 prohibits the need for any corroboration of evidence. However, it remains a useful practice to consider further corroboratoin where applicable.[2]

  1. R. v. Fleming 2007 ONCA 808
  2. F.H. v. McDougall, 2008 SCC 53, [2008] 3 S.C.R. 41 at para. 80