PC leader calls for all-party bill to protect sexual assault survivors

Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative leader is calling on the premier to dedicate the spring session of the House of Assembly to protecting sexual assault survivors.

Jamie Baillie said in a news release Friday that he wants the House to pass an all-party bill that would protect survivors and send a strong message to offenders.

Baillie did not reveal any details about what he'd like to see in the bill.

The topic of sexual assault has made headlines in the past couple of weeks after a Halifax taxi driver was acquitted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in his taxi.

In handing down his decision against 40-year-old Bassam Al-Rawi, Judge Gregory Lenehan ruled that the Crown provided no evidence on the woman's lack of consent, and said "clearly, a drunk can consent."

Lenehan's decision prompted protests in Halifax and led to calls for him to be removed from the bench.

The Crown announced on Tuesday that it is appealing the judge's decision.