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CanadaScheer promises mandatory sentence of five years for child abuse

00:50  24 may  2019
00:50  24 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pledged Thursday to get tough on crime with mandatory minimum sentences of five years for anyone convicted of abusing children.

Scheer, who made an announcement in the Montreal suburb of Delson, Que., said he will ensure sentences for sexual crimes against children take into account the length and severity of abuse.

Wounds from sexual abuse last a lifetime, Scheer said, adding the penalty should "fit the crime" and that survivors need to be assured the federal government will ensure offenders are appropriately punished.

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After all, child abuse and the resulting penalties and sentencing , especially when the abuse occurs within a family, have the potential to cause major disruptions to social People who fail to report child abuse or neglect can also face penalties and consequences in states with mandatory reporting laws.

"Under my leadership, a Conservative government will always put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals," Scheer said in a statement. "We will ensure that anyone who harms or sexually exploits a child will be behind bars, where they belong, for a very long time."

The Conservatives say that additional federal action is required because sentences for horrific crimes involving children are "woefully inadequate."

The Criminal Code has provisions on sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual exploitation that carry maximum and minimum penalties, depending on whether a charge is pursued as an indictable offence or a summary conviction. Those can range from 90 days to 14 years behind bars.

Scheer has been rolling out a series of policy announcements ahead of the October election as he works to define himself and his party with Canadians.

On Wednesday, he pledged funding for police, survivor services and public awareness to fight human trafficking, adding he will make changes to the Criminal Code to make it easier to convict people accused of it.

He's also in the middle of a five-speech series to lay out his views on issues such as foreign policy, the economy and the environment.

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