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The Normal Ones Take Time\u27: Civil Commitment and Sexual Assault in R. v. Alsadi

By Isabel Grant

Abstract

This comment addresses the issue of whether a woman who is civilly committed in a psychiatric facility can ever give a valid consent to sexual activity with someone employed by that facility to ensure her safety and protection. The paper argues that such a consent would be involuntary and invalid because it was obtained as a result of an abuse of a position of trust. It is argued that the imbalance of power between a civilly committed psychiatric patient and, in Alsadi, a security guard employed by the hospital is so significant that no meaningful or voluntary consent can be given by the woman involved

Topics: Canada; Criminal Code; Consent; Social Problems; Public Law; Social Policy; Feminist Theory; Mental disabilities; Sexual assault; Civil commitment, Criminal Law, Law
Publisher: Allard Research Commons
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:commons.allard.ubc.ca:fac_pubs-1169
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