“This is a victory for all of us.”

So said Erika Rosenbaum, a Canadian actor who spoke out last fall about Harvey Weinstein’s “inappropriate behaviour” towards her, when she commented recently on the guilty verdict in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case. The verdict has elicited similar responses Continue reading “This is a victory for all of us.”

Can a criminal law omnibus bill meet the needs of women fleeing abuse?

According to a 2016 report from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, only about a third of women who are abused by their partners call the police. While this is better than the 10% reporting rate for sexual violence, it is Continue reading Can a criminal law omnibus bill meet the needs of women fleeing abuse?

ILA for sexual assault survivors: an emerging best practice

As part of the commitments it made in its 2015 It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, Ontario’s provincial government rolled out a pilot project to provide free independent legal advice (ILA) to survivors of Continue reading ILA for sexual assault survivors: an emerging best practice