Ralph Rowe, an Anglican priest and Scouts Canada leader who was convicted of sexually abusing nearly 60 First Nations boys in remote communities over almost two decades, is probably Canada’s worst pedophile, says lawyer Elizabeth Grace. And yet, the “compelling and tragic” story of the harm caused by Ralph Rowe has received little attention compared to high-profile stories about […]
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Civil sexual assault litigation will be less cumbersome and costly to plaintiffs now the Ontario government has passed Bill 132 lawyers say. Elizabeth Grace, a partner at Lerners LLP, said the bill broadens the “no limitation rule” to other forms of sexual misconduct. The old system didn’t catch abuse over the Internet, such as children […]
It’s time for Ontario to re-establish itself as a Canadian leader in the advancement of the rights of sexual violence and harassment victims with a goal of creating an environment that’s more safe, fair and understanding for current and future generations, Toronto lawyer Elizabeth Grace recently told the province’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment… Read […]
Emerging female lawyers can use the “power, privilege and voice” of their legal training to bring greater awareness and legal responsiveness to the area of sexual or domestic violence and abuse, says Toronto personal injury and health lawyer Elizabeth Grace. Read AdvocateDaily.com article
The Ontario government has introduced a new bill which, if passed, would amend various statutes related to sexual violence, harassment and domestic violence, eliminating technical barriers that have long plagued such claims, says Toronto lawyer Elizabeth Grace. If adopted, Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), […]
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. […]
Sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace reviews the limitation periods applicable to cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault and the proposed changes to Ontario's current Limitations Act. Note: The law has changed since this blog was published. Please contact Elizabeth Grace directly to discuss your case.
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.