Ontario PC MPP Laurie Scott’s Statement On Jian Ghomeshi’s Acquittal
Posted March 24th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario’s PC Critic for Women’s Issues, Laurie Scott (MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) made the following statement this March 24th on the verdict of Jian Ghomeshi’s trial –
“Today (this March 24th, 2016), Jian Ghomeshi was found not guilty in the first of two trials for sexual assault.
Today’s ruling highlights how difficult it can be to seek justice.
I want to applaud the bravery of the women who did come forward, and started a movement that highlights a collective hope that women can still feel safe and able to come forward.
This trial sparked desperately needed awareness and understanding about how prevalent sexual assault and harassment are in our society. When the allegations against Mr. Ghomeshi first came to light, I put forward a motion in the Ontario Legislature to create a Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment.
I am glad that the Committee was struck and produced a report that shares insight and perspective from survivors, advocates and experts. The report was grounded in a desire for further understanding on what we as a society can do better so that women can feel safe.
The Select Committee produced several recommendations to improve the experience of survivors within the court system, including training for judges, defence attorneys and Crown attorneys on the realities of sexual violence and harassment, and how sex-related crimes impact victims.
One in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, and only ten percent do come forward.
It is unacceptable that misogyny is so deeply entrenched in our culture – this must change.
As we look ahead, there is still so much work that needs to be done to create a culture of safety and security.”
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