HELP STOP COURT RULING -'INTOXICATION AS A DEFENCE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT'

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INTOXICATION AS A DEFENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT OKAY! Please help put a stop to this.

As of June 3, 2020, Ontario's top court ruled in favour of a law that allows those accused of committing violent crimes, including sexual assault, to use extreme levels of intoxication as part of their formal defence. Previously, Ontario courts banned intoxication as a defence in court cases but have since overturned this ruling deeming it unconstitutional and an infringement upon the rights of the accused. 

Court Justices David Paciocco, David Watt, and Peter Lauwers all argue that one must act voluntarily to commit a crime, and that the previous law holds the accused accountable for acts which were out of their control. The court's statement on the matter reads as follows:

"It enables the conviction of individuals for acts they do not will. To convict an attacker of offences for which they do not bear the moral fault required by the charter to avoid this outcome is to replace one injustice for another and at an intolerable cost to the core principles that animate criminal liability"

(qtd in Perkel, Colin, "Women's group angered by 'intoxication' ruling but concern called overblown." CP24. 4 Jun 2020. www.cp24.com/news/women-s-group-angered-by-intoxication-ruling-but-concern-called-overblown-1.4969716 ).