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Client Testimonial | July 2020

I just wanted to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all you did to help and advise M through this process. I would not have wanted anyone else in our ‘corner’ with us. – With heartfelt thanks, beyond words, C.

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Important Developments in Sexual Assault Law: Trial Decision against Royce Williamson and Trillium Lakelands District School Board

When a teacher sexually assaults a student, it is obvious they are directly responsible for the wrongful acts committed against the student. The state may prosecute the teacher through the criminal courts, and the student harmed by sexual assault may sue the teacher civilly. We have written previously about the differences between civil and criminal […]

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News Flash: Conservative Government Disbands the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Late last week the Conservative government of Ontario tabled a budget titled “Protecting What Matters Most”. Unfortunately for survivors of violent crimes, “what matters most” does not appear to include compensation for the harms they have suffered as the victims of crimes like sexual assault. Through a schedule to the current budget, the Conservative government […]

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Quebec parties meet to discuss ways to better support sexual assault victims

Members of Quebec’s three main opposition parties met with the justice minister recently to discuss how to reform the way Quebec adjudicates sexual assault cases. The meeting came amid debate about the merits of creating a special tribunal in Quebec to handle sexual assault cases. Premier Francois Legault has said he is open to the […]

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After #MeToo, Canada sees sharp increase in sexual assault complaints

The number of sexual assault complaints filed with police and classified as founded increased sharply in Canada after the #MeToo movement went viral in October 2017. The increase was most pronounced in Quebec, a study published by Statistics Canada says. Researchers compared two periods — before #MeToo from Jan. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, […]

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Ontario judge restores defence of extreme drunkenness in sexual assaults

People accused of sexual assault in Ontario are once again allowed to use excessive intoxication as a defence against criminal charges, a judge has ruled, finding that a federal law preventing such an argument is unconstitutional. Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies’ ruling relates to a Supreme Court decision established in the early ’90s that drew […]

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N.L. proposal would allow anonymous reporting of sexual assaults

Sexual assault victims may soon be able to report attacks anonymously to police through third parties in Newfoundland and Labrador — part of a growing trend among provinces trying to find ways of protecting victims. The province’s Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls is leading the development of a project that would allow a […]

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Judicial council offers courses for judges on handling sex assault cases

The Canadian Judicial Council has launched a new website showcasing the training courses it is offering to federally appointed judges — including seminars to help judges handle sexual assault cases. In a statement on the site, council chair Richard Wagner, who is also the Supreme Court’s chief justice, says so-called social context education gives judges […]

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Sexual Assault Case Testimonial

Dear Anna, I found you to be very kind, genuine, considerate and compassionate. You have a wonderful, natural way about you to talk to victims. I always felt you truly cared about how I was feeling. I would like to express my gratitude for your services. I am hoping that once I start to receive […]

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N.L. to introduce legislation to target ‘revenge porn’

It’s encouraging to see provinces create legislation to deal with the issue of non-consensual online sharing of intimate images, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Anna… Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com 

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