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Bill C-127, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in relation to Sexual Offenses and other Offenses Against the Person, was proclaimed by parliament on January 4, 1983. An evaluation was conducted in six Canadian cities to determine the impact of the new law. This article describes the findings from one site - Winnipeg, Manitoba - and centers Oil the processing of sexual assault cases as they proceed through the criminal justice system. Files from the police, Crown, courts and Sexual Assault Centre were used to obtain study information. A pre-reform/post-reform comparison was conducted to analyze the extent to which changes could be attributed to the legislation. Although results of the evaluation indicate no difference in conviction rates that call be attributed to the legislation, there are changes in the types of cases prosecuted.

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