Sexual Assault Myths and Ontario’s New Bail Policy

November 3, 2017

So episode 64 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

The conversation about the justice system and sexual assaults has become a polarizing topic. But it should not be. It is possible to believe and support victims without throwing away the fundamental principles of our justice system. But it is a hard conversation.

Court cases like the latest debacle from Ottawa’s Superior Court of Justice don’t help. The case is simply called R. v. H.E – a husband raped his wife. He was acquitted. The judge got it wrong (and will be reversed on appeal). But this case does not prove that the law is broken – it proves that judges make mistakes.

These conversations are hard – but they are necessary.

But before diving into sexual assault myths we talk about Ontario’s new bail policy. It can be summed up as follows: “Hey Crown Attorneys – Follow the fucking law”. Make no mistake this is a major development and a rebuke of Crown practices – but don’t pretend it is the final fix or some progressive unicorn. It’s not. So we tear it apart.

We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.

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