Under a law that went into effect yesterday as part of the federal government's omnibus crime bill passed in February, a teen under the age of 16 cannot consent to sex with an adult five or more years older.
The bill is intended to target sexual predators, but many youth advocates say that by focusing on age, the new law will confuse teens, make their sexual activities more clandestine and expose them to other risks, including abuse, early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
He told the Journal de Québec Thursday: “I’m completely innocent.
On Thursday, Quebec City police confirmed a complaint was filed and that an investigation is ongoing.
Spokesperson Étienne Doyon said that dissuading a victim from speaking out “does not represent the values of Quebec City police.” Paquet told the Montreal Gazette on Thursday that she was waiting to talk to a lawyer before making additional comments.
They could be right, the legal system is completely discriminatory …
but I think that to unfound the complaint and basically say you can’t go forward is a real insult to the brave women who do disclose,” Backhouse said.
Genest, who also didn’t name the politician, said Paquet worked as a hostess in a Quebec City restaurant where the MNA was a regular client.
She was told by her boss to treat him well, and that he was a “womanizer.” According to Genest, the MNA invited Paquet for a drink after his meal to “talk politics.” Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée said he suspects a “coverup” and called for two investigations, one by police on the assault allegation and another on any attempt to hush up the matter.Constance Backhouse, a University of Ottawa professor and holder of the University Research Chair on the Sexual Assault Legislation in Canada, said it is common for police to “unfound” complaints.“They decide there’s no realistic possibility of conviction.Police officers should not substitute for prosecutors or judges, said Nathalie Duhamel, president of the Regroupement québécois des CALACS, representing sexual assault support groups.The allegation rocked the Liberals’ caucus meeting on Thursday morning, with nervous MNAs saying that if true, the actions of the unnamed MNA were “completely unacceptable.” “No one is above the law,” said the minister responsible for the status of women, Lise Thériault.He got heat from Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Nathalie Roy, who called on him to apologize for his comments “which reinforce women’s inability to denounce.” “When women complain, we don’t take them seriously and it trivializes denunciations of sexual assault, and this is what the MNA for Dubuc has just done,” Roy thundered.