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Few cases of sexual assault by police are investigated by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, and fewer result in a conviction. (Shutterstock)

Convictions remain rare when police are accused of sexual assault

Sexual violence by police is more common than many might think. Failing to fully investigate can have a chilling effect on what is already the most underreported violent crime in Canada.
Québec Liberal Marwah Rizqy speaks at a news conference while Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade, left, looks on, in August 2022 in St-Agapit, Que. Rizqy received repeated death threats, resulting in a man’s arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jacques Boissinot

#MeToo turns 5: Taking stock of gender-based violence in Canadian politics

When harassment is directed at women politicians, staffers, activists and journalists because they are women, it poses a threat to democracy.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp appear in a Virginia courtroom on May 16, 2022 during their trial. Steve Helver/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

People couldn’t look away from the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial – the appeal of a relationship drama held true in the 1700s, too

Intimate details of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage – including sex abuse – featured during their defamation trial. There’s a long history of popular trials showcasing relationships gone bad.
The male cast of ‘And Just Like That’ — Chris Noth on the far right — pose before the show’s premiere in December 2021 in New York. (Shutterstock)

And just like that … #MeToo changed the nature of online communication

The popularity of hashtags like #MeToo speaks to society’s increasing embrace of important issues like sexual assault and harassment
Women’s reports of domestic violence are widely rejected by family courts. The Image Bank/Getty Images

Victims of domestic abuse find no haven in family courts

Family courts’ hostility – both in the US and abroad – toward claims of paternal or spousal abuse has been widely reported. Now there’s an in-depth study that documents that hostility.

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