Bishop sex abuser changed the law in Canada

A disgraced former Roman Catholic Bishop convicted of sexual abuse has died. Hubert O’Connor was convicted of sexually abusing children at the Cariboo Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

During his trial O’Connor’s lawyers sought access to the victims’ psychological records. The right of an accused to make an application for a court order to receive copies of a victim’s therapeutic records was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada; a procedure that became known as an “O’Connor application”.

In response to an outcry from women’s groups and abuse survivors, the Government of Canada eventually passsed Bill C-46 amending the Criminal Code of Canada to protect the privacy rights of victims of abuse.

You can read about O’Connor here and here .


1 Response to “Bishop sex abuser changed the law in Canada”

  1. 1 Russ Bianchi August 1, 2007 at 3:20 am

    FREE at you can see: ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’, the 2006 US Academy Award Best Documentary nominated film, on Rog Mahal Teflon Mahony, enabler of over 1,000 rapes, physical maimings, mental torturs, rapes, oral copulations and sodomies of California Children, over three plus decades, in Fresno, Stockton, and Los Angeles, California, and the continued hiding, at laity expense, of dozens of cleric felons on the run from criminal prosecution, still being paid, in Mexico, Ireland, the EU, Vatican, Asia and elsewhere.

    No Bishop Accountability? No Laity Monies!

    Remember, Bernie Law was run out of Boston for one reason only, the revenues were down over 75%, two years in a row, and have never recoverd, despite SPIN and FLAT OUT LIES from the Archdiocese of Boston!

    Russ Bianchi
    Lay Member of the Diocese of Monterey, CA

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