Women's groups oppose MP Rob Anders' 'rape' charge plan

Member of Parliament Rob Anders answers questions from the media during the Conservative Convention...

Member of Parliament Rob Anders answers questions from the media during the Conservative Convention in Calgary, Alberta, November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

OTTAWA — Women's groups oppose Tory MP Rob Anders' proposal to bring the rape charge back to the Criminal Code with tough mandatory minimum sentences.

Anders will table his bill later this month. The charge of rape and mandatory minimums of eight years for the first offence and 10 years for every subsequent offence would be added to existing sexual assault charges in the code.

Anders doesn't like that the average sentence for a sex offender is two years, which he says isn't long enough to punish or rehabilitate.

"Put him behind bars on the first offence so he can't get out and reoffend," Anders told QMI Agency.

Sunny Marriner, executive director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, says of all the challenges faced by rape victims, inadequate laws isn't one of them.

"The problem is not the type of charge," she said. "The existing laws are not understood, implemented, enforced. We see the failure in how few of these cases actually get to court."


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