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High attrition of sex assault cases means change needed to justice system, experts say

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 12:55 PM | By Terry Davidson

Police, lawyers and judges need to change how sexual assault allegations are handled if more victims are to come forward and if more convictions are to be seen, say legal minds in the wake of a report detailing the high dropoff rates in such cases.

Toronto criminal lawyer David ButtOn Oct. 26 Statistics Canada released From Arrest to Conviction: Court outcomes of police-reported sexual assaults in Canada, 2009 to 2014, a study marking the first time the agency has tracked what happens to sex assault cases...