16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 15 – The Law Against GBV in Canada

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According to the Criminal code of Canada, It is against the law to harm or threaten to harm another person, or to engage in harassing conduct as defined. All forms of discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression are prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It is your right to pursue legal action and there are organizations that can help.

The Independent Legal Advice (ILA) program provides free, independent legal advice to adult survivors of sexual assault. The program respects survivors’ privacy and their right to make their own decisions. 211 Nova Scotia provides program registration and participants will not be identified to the government.  The ILA program has two eligibility requirements: participants must be 16 years old or older at the time they access the program and the assault must have occurred in Nova Scotia. Laws and rules can be different from province to province. Nova Scotia lawyers can only give advice on laws, programs, and services that exist in Nova Scotia but may not be able to advise regarding other provinces. The link offers a summary of applicable laws across Canada


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