The March 28th verdict in the trial of former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi has sparked public debate around issues of sexual assault, consent, and victim blaming.
Ghomeshi was acquitted on four separate sexual assault charges and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking.
The outcome of the trial is renewing discourse about how the Canadian justice system handles sexual assault cases and especially the way victims are treated in court.
On March 29th, the day after the verdict was publicized, Waypoints put out a press release communicating the organization’s stance on the importance of believing the accounts of sexual assault survivors.
The release cited statistics showing that 97 per cent of sexual assaults go unreported in Canada and that 997 out of every 1,000 assailants are never held accountable for their crimes.
Waypoints expressed its “deep admiration and respect for those survivors who so courageously come forward…” adding that any survivors in need of support services can find them through the organization.
To listen to the recent Fort McMurray Matters episode featuring Corrine Shykula, Manager of the Waypoints Sexual Assault Program, and her colleague Lauren McKeigan, Program Coordinator, click here.