Emily Ager wants to “shed light on the situation” publicly so that things change and no one else experiences a situation like hers.
According to her, the system, which is supposed to protect us all, has failed.
If a friend revealed to me that they were the victim of sexual assault, I can't say that I would encourage them to take legal action. I have lost faith in our justice system.
A quote from Emily Ager, plaintiff whose sexual assault case was dismissed
The current system, as I know it, does not support survivors. We feel alone, we suffer and we are traumatized again, she laments.
For Brendan Neil, lawyer specializing in criminal law, these comments are too common.
Emily's comments about her loss of confidence in the system are heard by everyone. Defendants, survivors, plaintiffs, judges making difficult decisions, he notes. It's an ongoing problem.
Wilhelmine Babua, the executive director of Toronto House, says the administration's refusal to justice can undermine a victim's confidence in the justice system and discourage others from reporting.
The refusal to administer justice doubly victimizes victims of sexual assault: a first time by the criminal, and a second time by a failing judicial system.
A quote from Wilhelmine Babua, the general director of the Maison de Toronto
According to her, this can create a cycle of under-reporting, thereby encouraging attackers in their criminal behavior.
Staff shortages at Toronto's new courthouse have forced several adjournments of hearings, postponements of trials, and dropped charges in recent months. Notably, a sexual assault case was dismissed in September due to unreasonable delays.
There is usually more than one trial scheduled per day in court […] which puts crown counsel in a very difficult position, trying to determine which case should be dealt with, says Brendan Neil. This problem was accentuated in Toronto with the new courthouse and the staff shortage that followed, adds the lawyer.
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