Sexual harassment and sexual assault: not the same fight

Harcèlement sexuel et agression sexuelle: pas le même combat

There are important distinctions between sexual harassment and sexual assault. Even if it can cause harm, sexual harassment is not regarded as criminal within the meaning of the criminal Code, explained Wednesday morning Me Audrey Roy-Cloutier, attorney to the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP).

The sexual assault, which is a gesture of sexual acts against a person without that person’s consent, is a criminal act, she emphasized talking with Pierre Nantel, who wished to understand this distinction, while Quebec is experiencing a wave of denunciations in social media.

The presenter also suggested that victims of sexual misconduct turn a “maybe” to social media, since they have no recourse. “If there is no prosecution possible, the only avenue, it is the denunciation via social media?” he asked.

“There are also civil proceedings,” said I Roy-Cloutier.

In the case of a sexual assault, the victim has the right to support and protection of the justice system, said the prosecutor, who described all the steps in the accompaniment of a victim.

To know about the legal proceedings concerning a sexual assault, listen to Me Audrey Roy-Cloutier, attorney with criminal and penal prosecutions, on QUB radio:

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