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Dealing with the criminal justice system as a victim of sexual assault can be frustrating and even traumatizing. You don’t need to go through it alone.

By Sophia Hladik
November 29, 2021

Even with a feminist advocate on her side, the vast majority of women will be failed by the criminal justice system. In 2019, although sexual assaults reported to police rose from 4,419 in 2018 to 5,553 in 2019 (a 25.7% increase), charges laid actually decreased in that same period from 1,786 to 1,768.

By Laurel McBride
April 30, 2021

To uphold the principles of transparency and accountability we must have all judgements in sexual assault trials transcribed and posted online so that judges’ decisions in sexual assault cases will be available for public scrutiny

By Ashani Montgomery & Hilla Kerner
March 31, 2021

Applying the Jordan ruling to cases of sexual assault, let alone to cases in which charges were laid before the Supreme court of Canada made the ruling, contradicts the criminal justice system’s premise of offenders’ accountability and justice for the victims.

By Hilla Kerner
February 24, 2021

Although the VPD are keen to showcase their so-called efforts on sexual violence, for front-line anti-violence workers, it rings hollow and doesn’t square with what we hear every day from women who’ve been raped and/or beaten.

By Laurel McBride
December 7, 2020

Vancouver Rape Relief is calling on the BC Prosecution Service to press charges in a case of rape committed at a UBC Halloween party in October 2018.

August 11, 2020

We object to legalizing regimes, at its core, prostitution is a social institution that undermines women’s freedom and bodily autonomy.

By Laurel
June 12, 2020

As a resident of Burnaby and as someone who has advocated to police on behalf of countless women, I want to tell my fellow women in the community to call your local women’s group — never go alone.

By Ashani Montgomery
May 21, 2019

We need a complete transformation of all levels of the criminal justice system. We need a civilian oversight of police investigations into cases of sexual assault that will include front line feminist advocates. We need an open and ongoing review that will not simply result with sexual assaults being classified under different codes but instead restore investigations being done and appropriate charges being brought forward.

By Hilla Kerner
May 8, 2019

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