‘I needed to know it wasn’t my fault’: When rapists are those you trust most

March 9, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

We’ve been inundated with the stories — personal, frank, harrowing — of sexual assault survivors since publishing this story about how difficult it is to get justice for rape.

Among the people we spoke with were survivors who wanted to go public with the abuse they suffered and the way they feel Canada’s court system failed them, and wanted to put their names to their stories.

But because of rules imposed by the same court system that in so many cases fails the victims of sexual violence, we believe their names remain under publication ban – ostensibly for their own protection – long after cases are closed or alleged abusers no longer living.

We wish we could honour the wishes of these individuals to be named. Out of an abundance of caution, we have not.

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Magnotta trial: Not criminally responsible myths, debunked

September 30, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Luka Magnotta has said he killed and dismembered Chinese student Jun Lin, but is seeking a designation of NCR – not criminally responsible.

If Magnotta is found not criminally responsible it would mean a mental disorder was behind his actions. Instead of going to prison, he would go to a forensic hospital where he’s kept and treated for however long it takes until the illness is abated and he’s no longer a danger to the public (or himself).

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