Sexual Assault Network - Let's end sexual violence

JUDICIAL LANGUAGE PROJECT

JUDICIAL LANGUAGE PROJECT

(JLP)

Since 2013 we have been working with Probono Ontario students to analyze the language used in Ontario adult sexual violence court decisions.  The project is based on the work done by New England Law School and the work of Linda Coates and Allan Wade. The project is researched based and has the goal of identifying way in which language:

  • conceal violence
  • mitigate offender responsibility
  • blame and pathologize victims and
  • conceal victim’s resistance.

A secondary goal of the project will be to assist with the development of tools to further encourage dialogue with judges and lawyers around the use of problematic language in the court system. 

In the future we will be sharing more results from our work, so stay tuned. If you are interested in knowing more about this project, connect with us at sanottawa@familyservicesottawa.org