Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) respond to the Ghomeshi acquittal:
Thursday March 24, 2016
In 2014, when allegations of violence against women were first brought against Jian Ghomeshi, many responded with disbelief: he “sounded plausible and open,” Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente admitted in her 2014 column on Ghomeshi; and as one court observer described her interest in the case in February, “All of a sudden, he was off the air and I couldn’t believe it”.
But as disclosures about Ghomeshi from women piled up, a different reflection began. It sparked important conversations in the public about the prevalence of unreported sexual assault in Canada. It also questioned the inadequacy of the criminal justice system in cases of sexual violence, and the many reasons why survivor-victims do not report —or in many cases, tell anyone at all. For example:
-Most reports of sexual assault do not lead to charges, let alone convictions. Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults in Canada, it is estimated that 997 assailans walk free: 33 are reported to the police, just 29 are recorded as a crime, 12 see charges laid, 6 are prosecuded and just 3 lead to conviction. Read more…