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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,...

Metro News: Protesters grab back against misogynistic comments at Toronto Trump Tower rally

By May Warren Metro News Published October 24, 2016 “‘People are listening and I am hoping they are listening,’ said Redgrave when asked about Trump’s slumping poll numbers. ‘This is something that needs to get much more attention than is given. Because you are wealthy and powerful, does it give you the right to sexually assault somebody? It is something that needs to be addressed.'” Read the story here...

Global News: ‘Just too soon’: Jian Ghomeshi accuser speaks out after news of podcast

By Adam Miller, Nick Westoll, and Sean O’Shea Global News Published April 10, 2017 “What I heard from it was, ‘I will not be exiled.’ That’s what I personally took from it. ‘I will not be exiled and here I am.’” Read and watch the story here...

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...

“THE CLEAREST PATH TO THE TRUTH” warning may be triggering

  May 11, 2016, a day I’ll never forget. I started May 11, 2016 with very mixed emotions. The impending peace bond with rumours of a possible apology. I wasn’t certain how I felt but the initial internal screaming was hard to ignore. I came to the court to hold signs and stand with my sisters in support of survivors. The inference was that the crown had once again thrown in the towel with no faith in his witness. Was...

I’m Coming Forward

  Today is the day. April 18, 2016. My name is Linda Christina Redgrave and I can now legally tell you that. I have been excited for this day to come as much as I’ve been dreading it. I have always known this is what I was going to do, but the reality of it is causing me great stress. Stress somewhat similar to what I felt during cross examination where fleeing the stand kept crossing my mind. Once again...

The Trials of Life

It’s been quite the journey.  I’ve learned so much from this through the good, bad, indifferent and enlightened people I have engaged with about a very controversial subject.  What stands out are the lessons learned, particularly on how we collectively agree or disagree on a topic that raises many emotions. It has never been my desire to have everyone on my side.  We always need the devil’s advocate to help keep our views in check.  What I didn’t  foresee was...

What I Wish I’d Known Before Testifying In The Ghomeshi Trial

In November of 2014, a Toronto mother of two walked into a police station to tell officers that Jian Ghomeshi had assaulted her. She did so after learning two things: 1) She wasn’t the only woman the former CBC radio host allegedly hurt, and 2) There was no statute of limitations on her claim that he had yanked her hair without warning in December 2002 and again in January 2003 before delivering two blows to the side of her head....