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R v Dewey and what makes the ‘perfect rape’

Columnist Stephanie Stella writes about R v Dewey and its rare outcome. CW rape, sexual assault On May 23, 2017, Jeffrey Dewey went on trial for one count of sexual assault, and one count of impersonation of a police officer. His victim was a complete stranger – my friend, who I will refer to as CMD. On September 11, 2016, CMD was sitting by herself on the Toronto corner of College and Spadina. She was waiting to meet a friend,...

The Globe and Mail: New tool to report sexual assaults coming to TTC riders

By Fallon Hewitt The Globe and Mail Published June 30, 2017 “’I think with the subway specifically, it’s also such a microcosm, it’s such an example of the broader picture,’” Ms. Di Menna said. “’If you ever want to examine a society, you have all these different people in the subway, functioning as an example of how society works. When no one was doing anything and I was in a position where I felt unsafe to even press the strip,...

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...

This Magazine: Linda Christina Redgrave: One year after Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal, I’m keeping the conversation going

By Linda Christina Redgrave This Magazine Published March 24, 2017 “She was Witness 1 in Ghomeshi’s trial. She feared the dialogue around sexual assault would fizzle out. It’s not.” Read the story here...

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...

A Compassionate New Year

by Linda Christina Redgrave 2016, a year I will never forget. My takeaway from 2016 was that I needed to learn how to be more compassionate with myself. Self compassion was not something I practised and was a concept that felt foreign to me. To survive the events of the past year, I needed to at the least be open to the idea of showing myself more compassion and less criticism. For the many people who are also going through...