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The Current Legal System Hurts Both Complainants and Defendants

It’s been one year since the overturning of R. v Ururyar. There are still some major concerns I have with that hearing, that affect sexual assault trials as a whole. Judge Dambrot dismissed Judge Zuker’s findings on the basis that he considered the verdict “incomprehensible” and that they didn’t clearly show how Ururyar was guilty of the crime he was charged with. However, a proper analysis requires knowledge of what happened during the trial proceedings itself. As I have written...

Night terrors

By Mona Korstanje CW Childhood abuse, neglect, childhood sexual violence, rape, depression, PTSD Mona lived through a lifetime of abuse, but is finally in the loving relationships we all deserve. This is only a portion of my life. I am a prime example of abuse and trauma. My brother was born just two weeks after I turned a year old. He was born without kidneys and my mother spent all day long caring for this newborn. When he was two...

Toronto Star: Former juror to bring 12 angry letters to Ottawa to make case for trauma support

By Joanna Smith Toronto Star Published April 10, 2017 “Now living with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, Farrant has made it his mission to make sure other jurors who need counselling and other mental health support to cope with the aftermath of their civic duty are not left, like he was, calling the courthouse and being told there was nothing anyone there could do.” Read the story here...