Investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle writing new book on #MeToo and rape culture

The book, Had It Coming, will tell the stories of sexual assault survivors and their path through the Canadian justice system.
Globe and Mail journalist Robyn Doolittle accepts the 2017 journalist of the year prize at the National News Awards in Toronto on May 4, 2018. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press)

Investigative journalist Robyn Doolittle, whose recent award-winning Globe and Mail series Unfounded prompted Canadian police forces to examine how they handle sexual assault cases, is now writing a book about the conversations around sexual assault in aftermath of #MeToo.

Had It Coming will include stories from survivors of sexual assault and their experiences in the justice system. Doolittle also interviews lawyers, mental health experts and police officers and investigates rape culture on university campuses, in workplaces and in Hollywood. The book will be available in 2019.

"Whether it's police mishandling of rape cases or sexual harassment or the fact that women still don't earn as much as men — society has been grappling with these issues for decades," said Doolittle in a press release.

"Now, for the first time in my lifetime, it feels as if a real shift is underway. That shift is playing out against a backdrop of extreme polarization about the causes and possible solutions. I'm hopeful that my book will unpack a lot of those arguments, and help clarify people's different perspectives on where we're going and how we should get there."

Doolittle was recently named the 2017 journalist of the year and won the investigations category of the National Newspaper Award. Her series Unfounded was a 20-month investigation that gathered data from over 870 police forces. Doolittle wrote that police dismiss one in five sexual assault claims as "unfounded."

Had It Coming will be Doolittle's second book after publishing the bestseller Crazy Town in 2014, which chronicles Doolittle's investigation into Rob Ford after she was shown a video of the then Toronto mayor smoking crack cocaine. The story brought international attention to Ford, who died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 46.


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