Do I Have Any Right to Privacy?

Survivors are often concerned about the extent to which their privacy will be invaded in a civil lawsuit, where many documents filed with the Court identify the parties by name and are a matter of public record. However, in sexual assault cases, the Courts will usually allow the survivor to be identified by initials only. Civil trials are usually open to the public but are rarely attended by anyone other than the parties involved and witnesses to the case.

In a civil case, the survivor is asking the Court to award compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the abuse, so a full inquiry into the effects of the abuse is warranted. Survivors who sue in civil court will usually be required to produce medical and other records relevant to the case. Before deciding to start a civil case, survivors should discuss these disclosure requirements with their lawyers so that there are no surprises.

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May 2022

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January 2022

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December 2021

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November 2021

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November 2021

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August 2021

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June 2021

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May 2021

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April 2021

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March 2021

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February 2021

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February 2021

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December 2020

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December 2020

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School of secrets

by Melissa Partland | Nov 12, 2021
The CBC recently did a story about the Grenville Christian College case that Loretta co-counseled with Sabrina Lombardi. This is a precedent setting case: it is the first abuse case to go to a common issues trial in a class action and the first systemic negligence case to go to trial.

The CBC recently did a story about the Grenville Christian College case that Loretta co-counseled with Sabrina Lombardi. This is a precedent setting case: it is the first abuse case to go to a common issues trial in a class action and the first systemic negligence case to go to trial.

To read the full article, please visit the CBC News' website.

The Fifth Estate investigates a former boarding school that promised a Christian education and tough love. But nearly 1,400 students who attended Grenville Christian College in Ontario say it was not only tough but brutal, and heavily influenced by a U.S.-based cult.

To watch the Fifth Estate investigative special here.

School of secrets

by Melissa Partland | Nov 12, 2021
The CBC recently did a story about the Grenville Christian College case that Loretta co-counseled with Sabrina Lombardi. This is a precedent setting case: it is the first abuse case to go to a common issues trial in a class action and the first systemic negligence case to go to trial.

The CBC recently did a story about the Grenville Christian College case that Loretta co-counseled with Sabrina Lombardi. This is a precedent setting case: it is the first abuse case to go to a common issues trial in a class action and the first systemic negligence case to go to trial.

To read the full article, please visit the CBC News' website.

The Fifth Estate investigates a former boarding school that promised a Christian education and tough love. But nearly 1,400 students who attended Grenville Christian College in Ontario say it was not only tough but brutal, and heavily influenced by a U.S.-based cult.

To watch the Fifth Estate investigative special here.