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The Trials of Life

It’s been quite the journey.  I’ve learned so much from this through the good, bad, indifferent and enlightened people I have engaged with about a very controversial subject.  What stands out are the lessons learned, particularly on how we collectively agree or disagree on a topic that raises many emotions. It has never been my desire to have everyone on my side.  We always need the devil’s advocate to help keep our views in check.  What I didn’t  foresee was...

Anonymous

I was married to my husband for 23 years. I have a daughter from a previous marriage whom he abused when she was 14 year old. it did not stop there he then went on to abuse my sister. now instead of him being in jail for this he is still practicing law and owns a prominent law firm in Vancouver. He knows so much about the law that when he finally admitted to it 5 years ago he put...

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...