Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman he met at a frat party and received just six months as his sentence. There is a good chance that will probably be reduced to three months, provided he has a good disciplinary record while serving his time. Many people are not happy with the sentence.
This case may be seeing more attention than others, however there are many more instances akin to this one that don’t see any media coverage at all or just go unreported completely.
Earlier this week B.C. Premier Christy Clark wrote an open letter about her experience being sexually attacked when she was 13. She speaks of keeping the assault secret for decades. Clark found that when confiding in female friends about the assault, almost all of them had also been living with their own secret of sexual misconduct directed toward them.
The Jian Ghomeshi trial captivated millions and became a symbol of the fight between our justice system and the brave victims who do come forward. When the final sentence was announced, it triggered outrage and resulted in protests. Is the justice system failing our victims? Perhaps this is part of the reason woman and men stay quiet when they have been sexually assaulted?
Is there other reasons victims choose not to come forward? What can we do to change this?
Today we are joined by the Manager of Victims Services and Outreach Programs at Women Against Violence Against Women: Rape Crisis Center in Vancouver, B.C, Dalya Israel, as well as Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy who wrote an opinion piece for the Toronto Star titled “A defense lawyer’s advice to his daughters, after Jian Ghomeshi.” to discuss the issue.