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Guila Benchimol

Doctoral Candidate, Sociological Criminology, Researcher, Educator

Guila Benchimol is a PhD candidate in Sociological Criminology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on sexual violence as well as on crimes committed in the Orthodox Jewish community by and against community members. Guila is a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Focusing On Sexual Assault Victims Helps A Perpetrator Disappear

Many assumptions have been made about the contact that all three complainants initiated with Jian Ghomeshi following their alleged assaults, which they neglected to mention to the police or the Crown. Henein, Ghomeshi's counsel, has implied that this means the victims were never assaulted, a suggestion which both women deny. In sexual assault trials, evidence is often brought forth of victims communicating with the perpetrator or making statements that seem to downplay what went on. Such actions are in fact consistent with how victims often rationalize what was done to them.
02/11/2016 11:09 EST