This resource spotlight will focus on the findings from comprehensive research conducted by WomenatthecentrE, in collaboration with Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County. Our work included one-on-one interviews and focus group conversations with survivors of gender-based sexual violence (GBSV) in a rural and urban setting, monitoring sexual assault trials and auditing decisions on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. We confirmed that the current criminal legal system is failing to adequately address GBSV, and created an alternative model that speaks to the needs of survivors. Our new framework is also adapted from the Transformative Justice model developed primarily by Black and Trans women activists in the United State, and seeks to wrap the parties with support and compassion, while holding space for the aggressor to take accountability and understand the harm they have caused.
Participants will get:
• A snapshot of the criminal legal system's response to GBSV - some demographic information on key players and outcomes of trials
• An understanding of what justice means to survivors of GBSV
• An overview of the key components of our new Transformative Accountability & Justice framework