We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science


Following The Globe and Mail's “Unfounded” series, U of T Law Professor Brenda Cossman argues that “to really address the pervasiveness of sexual violence, we need to look harder at the problem, and the role of the criminal justice system in redressing it.”

Cossman, who is director of U of T's Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, says the Globe's series provides “the kind of hard hitting empirical evidence needed to convince policy makers and police leadership that there is a problem that needs to be tackled.” 

She calls for extensive training of police officers, civilian oversight of unfounded sexual assault cases and education to change society's understanding of the meaning of consent.