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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...

Torontoist: The TTC Is Not Doing Enough to Combat Harassment

By Hillary Di Menna Torontoist Published July 25, 2017 “I know what it’s like. I have had a man come up to me and tell me, loudly, how he wants to kill all women; I have been asked to describe my naked body; I have been followed off and on a subway; I, like many others, have been grabbed—and those surrounding us don’t bat any eyes, they avert them instead. If no one considers these things worthy of attention, we are...

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,...

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...

She Asked For It: A Poem

By Hillary Di Menna It seems so obvious to the outsider, get hurt, you go. And that’s what makes them outsiders: the dichotomy of you and them. So when that person makes those fists – just like dad used to make – and they tell you it isn’t just you and them, it is the two of you against the world, that’s all you got. White trash can’t get hurt. As Other, they can not feel. The beatings and mockery...