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How Rape Kits Have Failed Women  by Andrea Quinlan
How Rape Kits Have Failed Women

How Rape Kits Have Failed Women

Ever since it was first dubbed “Ontario’s most successful rapist trap” in a Toronto Star article in 1984, the sexual assault evidence kit has been heralded as a tool to improve survivors’ access to care and justice. However, there is growing evidence that sexual assault kits rarely works in survivors’ interests.

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Sexual Assault: Where Do We Go From Here?  by Janet Nicol
Sexual Assault: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sexual Assault: Where Do We Go From Here?

The Jian Ghomeshi trial last year touched off a national debate about the legal rights of women who have experienced sexual violence.  As a result, legal experts and activists are now calling for a host of legal reforms, changes to justice protocols and greater support for women’s crisis centres.

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Last Rights: Women and Assisted Dying  by Jocelyn Downie
Last Rights: Women and Assisted Dying

Last Rights: Women and Assisted Dying

In the early 1990s, Sue Rodriguez challenged Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition on assisted dying. The 42-year-old, who was living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fought for the right to end her life at a time of her choosing with the aid of a physician. She believed the ban infringed on her right to liberty and security of the person as well as her right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and her equality rights.

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