Weekend Reads Rehtaeh Parsons' dad sums up crushing reality of Ghomeshi verdict

19:46  07 december  2016
19:46  07 december  2016 Source:   Huffington Post Canada

Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian Ghomeshi

  Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian Ghomeshi Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian GhomeshiHi everyone. Thank you for coming out and listening. My name is Kathryn Borel. In December of 2014, I pressed sexual assault charges against Jian Ghomeshi. As you know, Mr. Ghomeshi initially denied all the charges that were brought against him. But today, as you just heard, Jian Ghomeshi admitted wrongdoing and apologized to me.

Last month, Ghomeshi was acquitted by Judge William Horkins in the Ontario Court of Justice on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. McArthur has raised this issue as the Crown's window for seeking an appeal narrows. Prosecutors have not yet made a decision, but a spokesperson for the attorney general's office told CBC News to check back on Monday, the final day of the 30-day appeal window. Rehtaeh Parsons ' dad sums up crushing reality of Ghomeshi verdict . Huffington Post Canada.

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A judge’s decision to acquit former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi last week highlights how the justice system is designed to fail cases of sexual violence that actually make it to court, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons says.

“We pontificate the institution of justice while claiming it is what makes our society civil, but there is nothing civil to be found in the staggering toll sexual violence takes on our communities and the devastation it causes victims and their families,” Glen Canning wrote on his blog Friday.

His daughter, Rehtaeh, was 17 when she was taken off life support after attempting to hang herself in 2013. Two years earlier, a photo was taken of her throwing up outside a window while a teenage boy gave a thumbs up to the camera while he raped her from behind. That photo was later leaked and circulated at her school.

Ghomeshi's lawyer blasts Mulcair for #IBelieveSurvivors tweet

  Ghomeshi's lawyer blasts Mulcair for #IBelieveSurvivors tweet Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer has called out NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair for tweeting that he believed survivors of sexual assault, just hours before her famous client was acquitted. Mulcair, however, doubled-down Wednesday afternoon with another tweet.In an interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge that aired Tuesday, lawyer Marie Henein was asked about the #IBelieveSurvivors hashtag that resonated on Twitter in light of the Ghomeshi verdict and, specifically, Mulcair's use of the term."Hashtag 'I believe' is not a legal principle, nor should it ever be," she said.

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In March, Ghomeshi and the woman exchanged messages regarding one of the woman’s artists and Ghomeshi asked “when are we having that much anticipated drink.” Later he typed: “so are we meeting up later? I need to know so I can go about losing a friend by blowing them off.” Rehtaeh Parsons ' dad sums up crushing reality of Ghomeshi verdict . Huffington Post Canada. The excruciating experience of being a woman in court with Ghomeshi .

Canning, who has been a vocal advocate for victims of sexual assault since his daughter’s suicide, spoke outside Toronto’s Old City Hall hours after the Ghomeshi was cleared of five criminal charges. Canning shared his frustration in seeing the justice system fail survivors again.

According to Now Magazine, Canning told the crowd that his faith in the judicial system was extinguished after his daughter’s case went to court — “which ultimately let us down,” he said. In light of the verdict and in relation to his daughter's case, Canning called for a fresh look at an old system:

And I should never, ever have to stand here in front of people talking about the sexual assault of my daughter, and thinking that the police screwing up her case actually probably did her a favour. Going by what we saw in this courtroom, that literally is exactly what they did. And that is a system that has to change.

Ghomeshi, a former CBC Radio host, was found not guilty of four charges of sexual assault and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking.

The excruciating experience of being a woman in court with Ghomeshi

  The excruciating experience of being a woman in court with Ghomeshi I doubt a single journalist walked into the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial that first day of February suspicious of the heart of the allegations, or the three women behind them. And I doubt even one walked out more than a month later doubting an acquittal was right. But it was nevertheless excruciating to be a woman, sitting in the gallery watching the scandal diminish into thin testimony, easily batted away by the judge in his not-guilty verdict.

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During the trial, the defence chipped away at the credibility of the three female accusers under oath. Ghomeshi's lawyer focused on testing their memories of their actions after the alleged sexual assaults.The events allegedly took place over a decade ago, between 2002 and 2003.

Judge made 'right decision': legal communityJustice William Horkins’ analysis of the trial evidence and his decision to acquit Ghomeshi was praised by some lawyers as the "right decision.

"But thousands of protesters across the country marched in solidarity with #IBelieveSurvivors supporters.

A recent poll by Postmedia and Mainstreet Research found 38 per cent of respondents said the Ghomeshi verdict lowered their faith in the judicial system. Within that segment, more women (46 per cent) than men (30 per cent) said Horkins’ decision caused them to lose trust in the courts."

Confidence in our justice system seems to be shaken," Quito Maggi of Mainstreet Research said in a release Friday.

The poll was conducted among 2,017 Toronto residents via landline and cell phone surveys on March 24. The sample has a margin of error of 2.18 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Ghomeshi is due back in court in June to face a separate sexual assault charge for an incident that allegedly took place at the CBC.

Ghomeshi trial: Everything wrong with sexual assault law .
Brenda Cossman, a law professor at the University of Toronto, says the trial will discourage victims from coming forward.But that does not make the acquittal any less disturbing. The trial was literally a performance in everything that is wrong with sexual assault law, or more specifically, the way our sexual assault law’s are applied. The Criminal Code provisions on sexual assault are actually pretty good — there is an expansive definition of consent or more specifically its absence, and the Supreme Court of Canada has insisted that consent be positive and on-going. But the social norms through which these laws are applied still leave a lot to desired.

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