Rare sex assault ruling will discourage victims from speaking out, advocates say

A controversial libel case in which a judge ordered two Ontario women to pay their uncle $125,000 in damages for falsely accusing him of sexual assault will likely prevent other sexual assault victims from coming forward, advocates say.

It’s very rare for a person who is alleging sexual assault that stems from a childhood experience to be slapped with defamation charges, says Elizabeth Grace, a lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse cases.

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