We Believe Survivors rally draws 200

By Alison Sandstrom

Around 200 people gathered at the Elgin Street courthouse on Friday night to protest the treatment of survivors of sexual assault by the justice system and police. The acquittal of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has sparked protests across the country.

On Thursday, after a high profile court case, Ghomeshi was found not guilty of one count of choking and four counts of sexual assault. In his decision, the judge said there were significant issues with the credibility of the three complainants. Protestors say the verdict is emblematic of a justice system that continually fails survivors of sexual assault.

“As a front-line worker, everyday feels like yesterday,” Yamikani Msosa of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa told the crowd. “I’m tired of going with individuals to report sexual violence and watching them get shredded to pieces.”

Photos and video taken by Alison Sandstrom.

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