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- DescriptionSexual 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 hours 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.
- Author BiographyElizabeth A. Sheehy is full professor of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the legal responses to male violence against women, especially sexual assault, and battered women who kill. In addition to many articles, position papers, and book chapters on criminal law issues affecting women and racialized persons, she has edited or co-edited several collections, including a special double issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Law and Policy (2001), Adding Feminism to Law: The Contributions of Claire L'Heureux-Dube (Irwin Law, 2004), and Calling for Change: Women, Law and the Legal Profession (University of Ottawa Press, 2006).
- PublisherUniversity of Ottawa Press
- Date of Publication29/09/2012
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationOttawa
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Ottawa Press
- Content Noteblack & white halftones, colour illustrations
- Weight1421 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine45 mm
- Edited byElizabeth A. Sheehy
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