Live webcast of a panel to the discuss the Rape Shield Law

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 13:15 - 15:30

The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres will be part of a panel presenting and reporting on the provision and operation of the act to amend the Rape Shield Law.

Feminists have argued and fought to protect women's sexual history from unnecessary use in court. We know that while sexism continues to exist, no woman will have a sexual history that is acceptable. Exposure of women's past sexual activity is used to damage a woman's credibility as a witness in court. In 1992 and 1993, feminists succeeded in our work to get a rape shield law that would provide protection for women from this kind of unnecessary questioning and exposure.

This law has been protected by the Supreme Court of Canada many times.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, a panel including the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, will be recommending amendments to the now known Rape Shield Law (Criminal Code, S.C. 1997, c. 30)

The proceedings today will be broadcast live online on the website for the Senate Committees and Private Legislation Directorate

The following is the Canadian Criminal Code on evidence of a complainant's sexual history
Supreme Court upholds rape-shield law October 13, 2000
Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of rape-shield law October 10, 2000