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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...

The Establishment: Sexual Assault Cases Are Our Modern-Day Witch Trials

By Hillary Di Menna The Establishment Published July 15, 2016 “Mandi Gray is considered a deceptive mistress with an ardent thirst for exacting revenge against innocent men. She is known to partake in late-night merrymaking alongside other women. Her goal, it is said, is to achieve fame and fortune through the telling of fallacious stories designed to contradict patriarchal narratives. The judicial system automatically assumes her to be guilty of lying and lechery, and she possesses the ability to make a...

Thoughts the evening before an appeal

An opinion piece by Stephanie Stella Mandi Gray was raped in January 2015. Her attacker, Mustafa Ururyar, was convicted of his crime on July 21, 2016. The conviction was appealed. Tomorrow, July 20, 2017, the conviction will be overturned, and sent back to retrial. I can say this with near-certainty.The only part of me saying otherwise is my subconscious stubbornly clinging to the blind hope for a miracle. It’s the same as one feels when they hope that they will...

VALIDATION DAY

  “I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS” “RAPE IT WAS” says Judge Zuker. He has found Mustafa Ururyar guilty of raping Mandi Gray in January 2015. Mandi Gray and I both came to the Old City Hall courthouse on February 1, 2016, but at the time we did not know each other. We were both starting our sexual assault trials and both in cross examination on the same day. A day we both want to forget but won’t, as...

APPARENTLY RAPE IS A CAREER BUILDER

  Today, once again I stood with the sisterhood of survivors on the old city hall steps holding signs in support of sexual assault survivors. Today our survivor in court was Mandi Gray. This is starting to feel like a second home to me and right now this is where I belong. Flash mobs, rallies, supporting survivors in court, conferences, blogs, bring it on because I will be there. Today was my second time watching the Mandi Gray trial. I...