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Bystander parent liability for sexual abuse

The perpetrator of sexual abuse may not be the only party liable for the harms caused to a victim of abuse. In other blogs, we have considered the issue of vicarious liability as it relates to other entities including school boards and clergy. Today, we will look at the issue of “bystander” liability for sexual abuse. […]

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The Importance of Apologies for Sexual Abuse

Historically, victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault who came forward were frequently disbelieved and shamed back into silence. Acknowledgment of the wrong inflicted upon them by the perpetrator of their harms, or an institution like a church that may be vicariously liable for their harms, can be of enormous psychological value to those whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse.

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A Bankrupt Can’t Escape a Judgment for Sexual Assault

A judgment for sexual assault or sexual abuse is not extinguished by the defendant’s bankruptcy. This blog addresses the practical steps a survivor of sexual assault or sexual abuse must take to enforce the judgment following the abuser’s bankruptcy.

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Liability and the Sexually Transmitted Disease

Contracting and STD without Prior Knowledge Consider this scenario: Following consensual sex, an individual discovers they have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease. If he or she had known their partner was infected, they would not have consented to unprotected sex. Although this potential plaintiff may have a civil claim for battery and/or negligence, […]

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Restitution laws for child porn victims need to improve

Criminal restitution laws in the United States are far more advanced than they are in Canada, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Anna Matas. This deficiency, Matas adds, is something the government needs to address when it comes to improving legislation for victims of child pornography. “American federal criminal restitution provisions are much more robust than ours,” […]

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Expanding Amicus Services in Civil Lawsuits

I was recently interviewed by Law Times regarding Pro Bono Law Ontario’s (PBLO) focus on expanding its amicus curiae services in civil lawsuits. Both Elizabeth K.P. Grace and I were approached by PBLO in connection with this project. In our view, it is a positive move and an important component in promoting access to fairness […]

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Amicus role in civil suits expanded

Pro Bono Law Ontario says it’s looking to expand its amicus curiae services in civil lawsuits. In fact, Superior Court Justice Eva Frank reached out to PBLO about perhaps getting amicus counsel recently when faced with an unrepresented defendant in a complex civil sexual assault case. Sure enough, PBLO was able to find lawyers at […]

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Sexual Abuse at School: Who is Responsible?

Sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace reviews the state of the law on school board liability for sexual assaults by teachers on students.

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