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Rape myths, flawed pattern jury charges still deny women fair treatment in sexual assault cases: Alberta CA

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 03:38 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Alberta’s top court says judges deny women equality in sexual assault cases by wrongly: adhering to flawed pattern jury charges that are “frozen in time”; bypassing the rape shield provisions; and relying on rape myths, and other discredited stereotypes when they interpret and apply the law of sexual assault.

Those are just some of the hard-hitting observations in a densely packed, 91-page (single-spaced) sexual assault law blockbuster the Alberta Court of Appeal quietly released June 30 (after 10 months under reserve) on the Friday before the...