- Right to Information about the criminal justice system, the status and outcome of the police investigation, the location of the judicial proceedings and their progress and outcome;
- Right to information about the offender or the accused;
- Right to protection including right to have reasonable measures taken to protect the victim from intimidation and retaliation;
- Right to privacy and to have their identity protected;
- Right to participation in the criminal justice system and to make a victim impact statement; and
- Right to restitution
However, in accordance with subsection 18(3) of the Canadian Bill of Rights for Victims of Crimes which are prosecuted before military tribunals are excluded from the rights and benefits accorded under this statute.
In an article appropriately titled Unfriendly Fire; Sex crimes, the military and ‘victims’ rights, the former Justice Minister, Peter MacKay, explains:
“ … (the) Victims Bill of Rights will not in fact apply to offences investigated or proceeded with under the Canadian military justice system,”adding it was “contemplated” but turned out to be “problematic” because the military’s disciplinary tribunals “are administered by the chain of command.
Yet, as Steve Sullivan wrote in Unfriendly Fire:
[N]obody needs the protection of a Victims’ Bill of Rights more than soldiers. And they’re not getting it. . . . The brave men and women who protect us deserve our protection in return — whether it’s from a rocket fired by a foreign fighter or a sexual assault committed by a trusted superior.