Until 1982, the Criminal Code of Canada contained the offence “rape,” which could only apply to a male who has penetrative sex with a women who was not his wife without that woman’s consent. The more modern law acknowledges that either sex can initiate unwanted sexual contact, and that the contact need not be penetrative to be violating. Likewise, non-consensual sex between spouses can also now be charged.

A conviction for a sexual offence can leave an insurmountable mark on your character and have a huge negative impact on your life, career and relationships. If you’re accused of sexual offences, it is in your best interest to fight the charges to your fullest ability.

If you have questions about a sexual offence related charge, call Rishi Gill at 604.899.1436. Your initial consultation with Rishi is no charge and includes a review of your case, possible defences and courses of action. When you call, you will speak to Rishi Gill directly (not a paralegal or assistant), so you can be assured that the counsel you receive will be timely and discrete.

I’ve been charged with a sexual offence. What do I need to know?

Sexual offences generally refer to sexual actions undertaken in non-consensual situations as well as voyeurism and harassment. These are serious charges, but they can be defended against.

What’s the law on sexual offences in Canada?

Sexual offences are generally charged under sections 150 – 162 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

What happens if I get convicted of a sexual offence?

Depending on factors such as victim age and the threat/use of violence, those found guilty of sexual assault can be punished with up to life in prison. Lighter charges, such as voyeurism, carry a sentence of up to 6 months in jail or a $5,000 fine.