Sexual Offences against persons under the age of 16 or 18, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Exploitation
The offences of Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Exploitation involve touching for a sexual purpose in relation to a person under the age of 16 (sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching), or in relation to a person age 16 or 17 (sexual exploitation). Thus, the age of consent is now 16 years of age, except in the circumstances outlined below with respect to the offence of Sexual Exploitation.
Sexual Interference with a minor and Invitation to Sexual Touching require, respectively, proof of touching for a sexual purpose by the accused, or to the accused (by invitation) with respect to a person under the age of 16. However, the same offences may be committed under the umbrella of the offence of Sexual Exploitation in the following circumstances:
(1) the alleged victim is 16 or 17 years of age (a “young person”);
(2) the accused is in a position of trust or authority toward the young person; or
(3) the young person is in a relationship of dependency or
(4) the young person is in an exploitative relationship with the accused person; and
(5) The accused touches the alleged victim for a sexual purpose, or invites the alleged victim to touch him or her for a sexual purpose.
There are many exceptions to the above that allow for the defence of consent, if the accused is less than two or five years older than the alleged victim.
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