In early spring of 2016, Stephanie Stella met Linda Redgrave in Old City Hall courthouse in the aftermath of their respective sexual assault trials. Not only had their trials and verdicts happened nearly simultaneously, but the defense lawyer in Stephanie' case came from the same law firm that produced the infamous defense lawyer from the Ghomeshi trial - with similarly disastrous results.
Stephanie Stella is a survivor of domestic abuse, and a passionate advocate for consent culture as a result - and, following more recent events, is also a passionate advocate for the voices of survivors. Stephanie strives to demystify the everyday realities around living through rape and trauma, and also works on educating people to help them prevent from creating any more traumatized individuals.
Stephanie writes for Coming Forward, and has sat on numerous sexual assault trials including her own, and works with WomenatthecentrE to determine what isn't working in today's courtrooms, what does work, and what needs to change.