I am urging the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that makes voluntary intoxication a legitimate defense in sexual assault and violent crime cases.
It is already incredibly difficult for survivors of sexual assault to come forward, and to get the justice they deserve for the heinous crimes committed against them, anything that makes it even more difficult for survivors of sexual assault and violent crimes to get that justice is a painful step backwards.
The Ontario Court of Appeal decision flies in the face of some of the progress made by the #MeToo movement.
I am strongly urging an appeal, so a higher court can weigh the impact this decision may have on the lives of women, including trans women and sex workers, their bodies, and the justice they deserve after surviving sexual assault or violence.
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Note: I want to acknowledge that men and boys can also be survivors of sexual assault. However, for this petition we have chosen to focus on women and girls, as we know that they are disproportionately more likely to be victims of sexual assault. Sexual assault is also a form of gender based violence.