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 research of Linda Coates and Allan Wade. The project is researched based and has the goal of identifying ways in which language: i) conceal the violence ii) mitigate the offender's responsibility iii) blame and/or pathologize the victim iv) conceal the 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 in regards to the importane of using accurate language.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org