A York University student has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow student.
Mustafa Ururyar was convicted of forcing Mandi Gray, to perform oral sex and engage in sexual intercourse on January 31st, 2015.
The court heard how the pair had been seeing each other casually for two weeks before the assault took place and had been out drinking with mutual friends in downtown Toronto on the night in question.
Ururyar, a political science PHD student at the University testified that Gray had been sexually aggressive the entire night, and insisted during the months long trial, that they had engaged in consensual sex in his bedroom after leaving a bar on Bloor Street.
In his ruling, Provincial court Judge Marvin Zuker called Ururyar’s narrative “a total fabrication” adding that Ururyar had “tried to write the script” because he knew Gray had been drinking and could not remember every detail, saying “it doesn’t matter if the victim was drinking. No one asks to be raped.”
“Rape it was,” he said, “no confusion, no uncertainty from this court. Mandi Gray remembered. Asking her to remember the details is ridiculous.”
Grey, also a PHD student at the University, had waived her right to a publication ban on her name.
She was not present in court as the verdict was read but released a statement via Facebook shortly after.
It reads in part: ”Toronto – I am tired of people talking to me like I won some sort of rape lottery because the legal system did what it is supposed to.”
”My experience is regarded as a demonstration of progress in sexual assault cases in Canada. I am expected to feel good because a few people within the system believe me. If we are told to be grateful for receiving the bare minimum, and that we should simply allow for social institutions to further oppress us and violate our rights, I am incredibly concerned.”
”Accepting things simply as they are because “it could be worse” is the antithesis of progress.”