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Senate Recommends Stricter Privacy in Assault Cases


January 25, 2013

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee recently tabled a report with recommendations for when personal records of sexual assault victims can be released in court cases, CBC News reports. The federal government is now reviewing the 18 recommendations submitted by the committee, which conducted a two-year study that analyzed Criminal Code provisions related to the release of personal records—including psychiatric and medical documents and employment and child welfare histories—to third parties in such sensitive cases. Several of the recommendations limit what type of records can be released and when, the report states.
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