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Renee’s Truth

My story began almost 30 years ago during an overnight at my best friends’ camp on one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York. I was 19 years old and with 10 friends I had known most of my life. I rode to the camp with my best friend and her husband, who was in the Navy. They now lived out of town but were here while he was home on leave. When we got to the camp, my...

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....

Real Justice Would Give Sexual Assault Victims a Real Voice and Real Choice

At the Jian Ghomeshi trial, everything unfolded as it “should.” Prodigiously talented legal commandos for the defence reduced the prosecution’s case to a smouldering ruin. Then, the judge – by current convention a mere observer of the carnage – stated what legal observers had been describing as obvious in his final ruling: The evidence did not meet the standard for criminal conviction. This meant the accused walked away, wearing the legally indisputable (but, for some, ill-fitting) cloak of innocence, and...

March 25, 2016: POST-VERDICT

“It is clear that she deliberately breached her oath to tell the truth. Her value as a reliable witness is diminished accordingly.” – Judge Horkins He said what? I was never expecting a guilty verdict.  I knew the cases were not strong and that it would be a he said/she said.  I typically refer to that as the she said/she said, since the accused never said anything.  I reminded myself that I had just gone and shared my experience in...

February 1, 2016: TRIAL

The unmarked police car came to escort me to court.  I couldn’t believe the day had finally come and that I was the first.  I was to speak the first words in a trial so many had been waiting for.  It was an immense amount of pressure. I suppose ignorance is bliss.  I had been prepared for her tactics and methods but no one can prepare you for this experience.  I was fortunate to be able to sit in the...