Haligonians are outraged at this week’s decision by a Nova Scotia judge to acquit a cab driver of sexual assault. Judge Gregory Lenehan determined that the Crown hadn’t provided sufficient proof of lack of consent, despite the testimony of an expert witness and the fact that the alleged victim was unconscious at the time of the incident.
We speak with Susan Wilson, a program coordinator with the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre about the incident in question, the low rates of reporting of sexual assaults, and why the miniscule conviction rate is discouraging victims from reporting.
In other news, former premier Darrell Dexter peddles weed, teachers plan to remain pissed for the next four years, and cops still can’t track down their missing evidence.
The Avalon Centre Report referenced by Wilson is available here, while Robyn Doolittle’s groundbreaking series, Unfounded, can be read here.
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Wish I could go to that roundtable…