Appeal Ontario Court Decision on Self-Induced Intoxication Defence

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On June 3rd 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal found the barred defence of "self-induced intoxication" unconstitutional, and threw out the provision for sexual assault and violent crime cases. 

Being intoxicated does not absolve someone of responsibility.

What does this mean? This means, going forward, those accused will now be able to use the defence of "self-induced intoxication" in sexual assault and violent crime cases. In a post MeToo era this is not the type of ruling the people of Canada expect to see; one that makes it MORE challenging to hold those who commit these heinous crimes accountable for their actions. 

Please join us in urging the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford and the Attorney General of Ontario, Doug Downey to appeal this decision to a higher court - the Supreme Court of Canada.

Victims deserve justice, and this ruling allows the accused to use an unjustifiable, archaic defence that has failed victims in the past; victims who already face an unprecedented burden coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and violent crimes. 

Being intoxicated does not absolve someone of responsibility.