The “bizarre” case of racial bias in Canada is one that’s being studied in an unusual way.
The Globe and Mail recently profiled the case of a Canadian woman who claims she was wrongly accused of having a history of depression, despite no physical evidence to support the allegation.
“I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder,” said the woman, who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity because she’s afraid of retaliation.
She’s suing for a minimum of $200,000 in damages and to get justice for her experiences.
Her lawsuit was brought by a group of Canadian doctors, who allege that she was falsely accused of being a sex offender because she was accused of sexual assault by a former boyfriend.
They’re also seeking compensation for lost wages, travel expenses and other expenses.
But despite the court challenges, Canada’s justice system is a laggard.
Canada has one of the lowest rates of justice in the world.
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canada’s system is not fair to people accused of crimes.
But it hasn’t overturned the criminal conviction.
Canada’s highest court ruled that the country’s criminal code is unconstitutional.
That decision was later overturned by the federal court of appeal, which said the Supreme Court should have stayed its ruling and applied the law in a different way.
In an interview with the Globe, Dr. Pauline Gagnon, a clinical professor of law at York University who specializes in gender, sexuality and violence, said Canada has some of the worst systems for dealing with sexual assault cases in the developed world.
“It’s almost like a law unto itself,” she said.
“And this is what we have here.
It’s not really a crime.
It is a crime.”
According to Statistics Canada, in 2013, only 9 per cent of sexual assaults were reported to police, and only 1 per cent were solved.
“This is a situation where there’s a lack of trust and there’s fear of retaliation from people,” Gagnons’ colleague and expert in gender and violence at the University of Toronto, Karen Henningsen, told the newspaper.
Henniesen said it’s particularly troubling that Canada doesn’t have a national anti-rape strategy, which would include criminal charges against rapists and other sexual predators.
“In some cases, it’s not even a criminal conviction,” she told the Globe.
“If you have a sexual assault, that can’t be dealt with in the criminal justice system.”
Hennningsen said there’s an urgent need for more systems and programs to combat sexual assault in Canada.
“There’s an urgency for us to think about how we’re going to change the culture here,” she added.
Canada currently has no national strategy to combat the issue of sexual violence.
There are no national statistics on sexual assault rates, although the RCMP reports that one in four women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at some point in their lives.
It was also reported that one-third of sexual victims reported having experienced sexual violence during their lifetime.
There’s no data on how many women have reported their experiences to police or the criminal code.
The majority of those who do report are men.
And in most cases, the majority of people who are accused of assault aren’t even charged.
The lack of a strategy has been cited by several experts as the root of the problem, but there’s no evidence that Canada is a leader on the issue.
The federal government has also put in place a sexual violence prevention strategy that includes mandatory reporting, better education and a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence, but it has been criticized for not having the capacity to take seriously the issue and has been criticised for not being effective in fighting sexual violence in general.
The plan has been endorsed by many other countries, including the United States, but Canada hasn’t taken part.
According to Gagnón, Canada has a lot of work to do on sexual violence and sexual assault prevention, but she says she’s confident that Canada will have the tools to deal with this issue in the future.
“The problem is that we’re not doing enough,” she concluded.
“We’re not listening to our women.”
With files from The Associated Press