Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
Canada; Criminal Code; Consent; Social Problems; Public Law; Social Policy; Feminist Theory; Mental disabilities; Sexual assault; Civil commitment
This comment addresses the issue of whether a woman who is civilly committed in a psychiatric facility can ever give a valid consent to sexual activity with someone employed by that facility to ensure her safety and protection. The paper argues that such a consent would be involuntary and invalid because it was obtained as a result of an abuse of a position of trust. It is argued that the imbalance of power between a civilly committed psychiatric patient and, in Alsadi, a security guard employed by the hospital is so significant that no meaningful or voluntary consent can be given by the woman involved.
Isabel Grant, "'The Normal Ones Take Time': Civil Commitment and Sexual Assault in R. v. Alsadi" (2012) 24:2 CJWL 439.