Elizabeth Grace's Archive

First Nations survivors of prolific child predator open up in documentary

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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Law makes civil sex assault litigation easier (Elizabeth Grace quoted)

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 […]

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Improved access and limitation period removal should be part of reform

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 […]

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EG award promotes legal change in domestic and sexual abuse

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

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Big Brothers Sexual Abuse

A civil suit was commenced against Big Brothers of Peel Region by a Little Brother who was sexually abused by his Big Brother.

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Sexual Abuse Cases: Who Pays the Legal Bills?

A review of the costs issues that arise when a defendant offers to settle a sexual abuse claim.

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Proposed bill removes barriers, improves access to justice

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), […]

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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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Sexual Abuse & Limitation Periods in Ontario: Soon a Thing of the Past?

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.

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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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