May 18 2016: Is Justice Served? The State of Sexual Assault and the Law

Mar 31 2016

Is Justice Served? The State of Sexual Assault and the Law in Canada
Elizabeth Sheehy and Sunny Marriner


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9 AM to 11:45 AM
Holiday Inn, 30 Fairway Rd. S., Kitchener
Register online 
Before May 3: $45 I Starting May 3: $60

Special Guest:  Dianne Piluk will speak about her personal experience as a complainant within the legal system

University of Ottawa law professor and author Elizabeth Sheehy and Sunny Marriner, Executive Director of Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre will share their research and expertise on the ongoing challenges women who have experienced sexual violence encounter in the criminal justice system. Promising models and reforms such as the "Philadelphia model" to ensure transparency and accountability in our justice systems will also be explored.

This presentation is for anyone supporting survivors of sexual violence or who want to explore the challenges and possibilities of the justice system.  This includes, but is not limited to, counsellors, police officers, prosecutors, victim service workers, advocates and community members.

ELIZABETH SHEEHY LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Honoris causa), FRSC, is Vice Dean Research and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Her research record includes her most recent books: the edited collection Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012) and Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).

SUNNY MARRINER is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. She has been working as an advocate, activist, trainer, frontline support worker, researcher, consultant, and community leader on issues relating to Violence Against Women in Ottawa for 18 years. She is a regular trainer and lecturer on intersections of law and stigmatized populations, including questions of access to justice, sexual violence & exploitation, sexual assault law, police and legal responses to Violence Against Women, and women’s incarceration and psychiatrization. Sunny publishes on issues of criminalization and psychiatrization of women and girl survivors; legal and psychiatric expertise claims in sexual assault; and therapeutic jurisprudence.

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