Prosecuting the Victim

April 6, 2021

So, episode 121 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

I have never been so mad. So mad that I might have forgot to turn on the mic, so apologies if the recording quality is a bit meh.

Why so mad? An Ontario woman, who was the victim of a sexual assault, was arrested and prosecuted for violating a court order publication ban designed to protect her. Her crime? She emailed a copy of the court decision to a few friends and family members. Now she is a victim with a criminal record.

In March, as first reported by Gordon Paul of the Waterloo Region Record and then later amplified by the Toronto Star, the woman pleaded guilty to violating a court order and was ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $2,000 plus an additional $600 victim surcharge.

It is inexcusable that the woman’s lawyer plead her guilty and agreed to the imposition for a criminal record. It is disgusting that the Crown prosecuted her and asked for the imposition of a record. It is shocking that the police actually arrested her. It is all so so so bad.

This is what made us so mad. So buckle up, this is going to be a bumpy ride….

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