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Editor: Elizabeth A. Sheehy

Title: Sexual Assault in Canada

Subtitle: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism

Place: Ottawa

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

Year: 2012

Pages: 836pp.

ISBN-13: 9780776630441 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780776619774 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Canadian History


Link: JSTOR (Restricted Access)

Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Link: uO Research: University of Ottawa's Digital Repository (Free Access)


Editor: Elizabeth Sheehy, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa


  Part I
The Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé
Still Punished for Being Female (p. 1)
Elizabeth A Sheehy (p. 7)
  1. Elizabeth A Sheehy
The Victories of Jane Doe (p. 23)
  Appendix A: Amended Statement of Claim: Jane Doe v Board of Commissioners of Police (p. 39)
  2. Sean Dewart
Jane Doe v Toronto Commissioners of Police: A View from the Bar (p. 47)
  3. Julia Tolmie
New Zealand’s Jane Doe (p. 53)
  4. Laura Robinson
Hockey Night in Canada (p. 73)
  5. Tracey Lindberg, Priscilla Campeau, and Maria Campbell
Indigenous Women and Sexual Assault in Canada (p. 87)
  6. Lucinda Vandervort
Lawful Subversion of the Criminal Justice Process? Judicial, Prosecutorial, and Police Discretion in Edmondson, Kindrat, and Brown (p. 111)
  7. Sheila McIntyre
The Supreme Court of Canada’s Betrayal of Residential School Survivors: Ignorance is No Excuse (p. 151)
  8. Fran Odette
Sexual Assault and Disabled Women Ten Years after Jane Doe (p. 173)
  9. Teresa DuBois
Police Investigation of Sexual Assault Complaints: How Far Have We Come Since Jane Doe? (p. 191)
  10. A Blair Crew
Striking Back: The Viability of a Civil Action Against the Police for the “Wrongful Unfounding” of Reported Rapes (p. 211)
  Appendix B: Reported Sexual Assaults and Criminal Offences and Unfounding Rates Reported by Ontario Police Forces, 2003–2007 (p. 240)
  11. Lise Gotell
Third-Wave Anti-rape Activism on Neoliberal Terrain: The Garneau Sisterhood (p. 243)
  12. Meagan Johnston
Sisterhood Will Get Ya: Anti-rape Activism and the Criminal Justice System (p. 267)
  13. Diana Yaros
Where Has All the Anger Gone? (p. 301)
  14. Shary Boyle
Vitreous Fragility: Reimagining Women Through Art (p. 313)
  15. Gillian Calder and Rebecca Johnson
The Jane Doe Coffee-Table Book About Rape: Reflections on Rebellious Writing and Teaching (p. 331)
  Part II
  16. Jane Doe
Who Benefits From the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit? (p. 355)
  17. Susan Ehrlich
Perpetuating—and Resisting—Rape Myths in Trial Discourse (p. 389)
  18. Sunny Marriner
Questioning “Expert” Knowledges (p. 409)
  19. Sanda Rodgers
Zero Tolerance Some of the Time? Doctors and Sexual Abuse in Ontario (p. 451)
  20. Elizabeth A Sheehy
Judges and the Reasonable Steps Requirement: The Judicial Stance on Perpetration Against Unconscious Women (p. 483)
  21. David M Tanovich
An Equality-Oriented Approach to the Admissibility of Similar Fact Evidence in Sexual Assault Prosecutions (p. 541)
  22. Julie Desrosiers
Raising the Age of Sexual Consent: Renewing Legal Moralism? (p. 569)
  23. Natasha Bakht
What’s in a Face? Demeanour Evidence in the Sexual Assault Context (p. 591)
  24. Holly Johnson
Limits of a Criminal Justice Response: Trends in Police and Court Processing of Sexual Assault (p. 613)
  25. Alison Symington
HIV Exposure as Assault: Progressive Development or Misplaced Focus? (p. 635)
  26. Rakhi Ruparelia
All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The False Promise of Victim Impact Statements (p. 665)
  27. Gillian Balfour and Janice Du Mont
Confronting Restorative Justice in Neo-liberal Times: Legal and Rape Narratives in Conditional Sentencing (p. 701)
  28. Constance Backhouse
A Feminist Remedy for Sexual Assault: A Quest for Answers (p. 725)
Jane Doe (p. 741)
  Contributors (p. 743)
  Index (p. 755)


»Sexual Assault in Canada is the first English-language book in almost two decades to assess the state of sexual assault law and legal practice in Canada. Gathering together feminist scholars, lawyers, activists and policy-makers, it presents a picture of the difficult issues that Canadian women face when reporting and prosecuting sexual violence. The volume addresses many themes including the systematic undermining of women who have been sexually assaulted, the experiences of marginalized women, and the role of women’s activism. It explores sexual assault in various contexts, including professional sports, the doctor–patient relationship, and residential schools. And it highlights the influence of certain players in the reporting and litigation of sexual violence, including health care providers, social workers, police, lawyers and judges. Sexual Assault in Canada provides both a multi-faceted assessment of the progress of feminist reforms to Canadian sexual assault law and practice, and articulates a myriad of new ideas, proposed changes to law, and inspired activist strategies.
This book was created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Jane Doe’s remarkable legal victory against the Toronto police for sex discrimination in the policing of rape and for negligence in failing to warn her of a serial rapist. The case made legal history and motivated a new generation of feminist activists. This book honours her pioneering work by reflecting on how law, legal practice and activism have evolved over the past decade and where feminist research and reform should lead in the years to come.« (Source University of Ottawa Press)


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