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Why most sexual assault cases never make it to court

Yesterday on the show, we heard what it's like to be cross-examined in a sexual assault trial, from a woman who went through it herself. In the end, there was no conviction in the case, and the executive director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre told us that's typical. In 18 years of supporting women through trials, she'd NEVER been in court for a guilty verdict. In fact, MOST cases never go to trial at all.

 

That's a big concern for Dawn Moore. She's an associate professor of law and legal studies at Carleton University. And about a year ago, she reported her own sexual assault to police - but never got her day in court. She joined us to talk about that experience.

 

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