Chris Murphy is a Toronto criminal lawyer who, in 2014, as we were becoming aware of the Jian Ghomeshi alleged behavior, wrote a column for the Toronto Star in which he stated that over the years he knew women that had been sexually assaulted. Some went to him for advice about reporting the assaults to police. When the assault was committed by a man known to the women, and because there was no forensic evidence, Chris Murphy would advise the women not to report the rape because it would be a ‘he said-she said’ situation and the men would likely be acquitted. Chris Murphy has two young daughters 2&4 years of age. He had some sleepless nights wondering what advice he would give his daughters years from now if they were raped and came to Dad for advice on what to do. Murphy changed his mind and decided he would never again give the advice he had been giving (and many or most other lawyers too).
How has the Jian Ghomeshi case affected Chris Murphy’s thinking, given the questions fired at one of Ghomeshi’s alleged victims by his lawyer? Have you ever been the victim of any crime, quite minor or major and had to make the decision whether or not to report the crime to police? Perhaps because a friend or family member was involved? Perhaps because you feared retribution?
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