Month: April 2018

Active consent: Consent in the age of #MeToo

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Recently The Walrus looked at sexual assault and consent. Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed. Experts say the 1992 changes put Canada among the leaders in sexual-assault law internationally. “It requires active consent, as opposed to an absence

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What Cosby’s conviction means for sexual assault survivors

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed by CBC’s Metro Morning today on the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Listen to the interview on CBC’s Metro Morning. Related posts: Ghomeshi case highlights

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Provincial All-Candidates Forum in Durham: Issues important to women & their families

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A Durham region Provincial All-Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday May 3. Hosted by The Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham (VPCC) in collaboration with The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and The Business & Professional Women’s Club of Durham,

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Family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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Update: This report on family violence screening is now available on the Department of Justice website. We are excited to announce that Luke’s Place has recently completed a research project with funding from the federal Department of Justice that looks

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How can a woman make the court understand the impact on her children of the abuse she has been subjected to?

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We have explored a number of issues related to this question in other postings (See: The role of VAW in custody and access cases and What’s the best interests of the child test?), but we have not examined specifically the

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“Gag orders”: Why sexual assault survivors can’t say #MeToo at some Canadian universities

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, joins the discussion on universities’ sexual assault policies and protocols in an article on The Discourse. “These confidentiality orders go far beyond what privacy legislation would require,” agrees Pamela Cross, the legal director of

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Recent case: Rescinding child support arrears

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Baxter v Beharry 2015 Carswell Ont 182. This decision, written by Justice Sherr of the Ontario Court of Justice, reviews the issue of when child support arrears should and should not be rescinded. The father had evaded his child support

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