Grappling with Ghomeshi: The Day the Verdict Comes Down

Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Location:Robertson Hall, Senate Room (RO 608)
Audience:Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Staff and Faculty

The Ghomeshi case has initiated a national conversation about rape culture, the integrity of the criminal justice system, ethical obligations of defence lawyers, the reasonable doubt standard for sexual assault convictions, the impunity of powerful men to harass and abuse, what constitutes a feminist lawyer, stereotypes about “credible” and “non-credible” victim behaviour, sexual assault evidence, and how trauma affects victims, among many other issues.


What does the case and the verdict say about Canada’s social and legal responses to sexual assault?


How can we ensure justice for victims, while bearing in mind fairness for accused persons, and the fact that racialized, Indigenous and working class people are disproportionately criminalized and incarcerated?


Join us on the day the verdict is released to discuss these matters with a diverse panel drawn from the academic, legal and sexual assault prevention community.

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