Ontario Taking Steps to Protect Survivors of Sexual Violence
The Ontario government passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act in March of 2016 (also known as Bill 132) with all-party support, bringing in wide-ranging reforms to reduce sexual violence and to protect & empower survivors.
The Act is an essential part of the government's action plan called It's Never Okay, a plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. The Act amends six existing pieces of legislation to enhance protections in four key areas.
With all the recent cutbacks to compensation and restrictions on the rights of injured people to access the civil justice system, it's nice, for a change, to be able to highlight some positive changes introduced by the government that will actually help protect and enhance the rights of injured people.
There is a lot more that needs to be done to effectively address problems of sexual violence in Ontario and beyond, but the reforms brought about in this legislation are a step in the right direction.
Click a topic below to learn about the four main changes introduced with this new law:
BURLINGTON SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWYERS
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About the Author
Kennedy is a Burlington lawyer who practises plaintiff civil litigation with the personal injury lawyers at Martin & Hillyer Associates. His focus is on advising and representing people in insurance disputes, personal injury litigation and civil sexual assault claims.