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Child Sexual Abuse and the Law

Child Sexual Abuse and the Law

Criminal Code of Canada sections relating to Child Sexual Abuse

Source: http://www.sace.ab.ca/Non_Flash/csa01.html

151. Sexual Interference - Every person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of fourteen years is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

 

152. Invitation to Sexual Touching - Every person who, for a sexual purpose, invites, counsels or incites a person under the age of fourteen years 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 person under the age of fourteen years, is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

 

153. (1) Sexual Exploitation - Every person who is in a position of trust or authority towards a young person or is a person with whom the young person is in a relationship of dependency 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,

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) Definition of “young person” – In this section, “young person” means a person fourteen years of age or more but under the age of eighteen years.

Incest is another form of child sexual abuse. Incest is sexual abuse of a child by an adult that is closely related to the child.

 

155. (1) Incest - Every one commits incest who, knowing that another person is by blood relationship his or her parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild, as the case may be, has sexual intercourse with that person.

(2) Punishment – Every one who commits incest is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.

(4) “brother”, “sister” – In this section, “brother” and “sister”, respectively, include half-brother and half-sister.

Offenders who commit incest with a child can also be charged with the general child abuse sections in the Criminal Code of Canada.

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