Should I Sue?

As the statistics show, very few cases of sexual assault are reported to the police. Whether or not criminal charges have been brought against the abuser, a survivor of sexual assault is entitled to sue their attacker and anyone who may have been in a position to stop or prevent the abuse. Many survivors find that bringing a civil lawsuit forms part of a constructive healing process. They find it empowering; it allows them to take control over their future. It can be a means to obtain funds for therapy, education, or other improvements in their lives.

Unlike criminal proceedings, where a survivor is merely a witness for the crown and has no control over the process, in a civil case the survivor/plaintiff has a great deal of control over how the case is conducted. It is important to seek legal advice from a lawyer who has experience with such cases.

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Ottawa-area teacher and her husband charged with sexual assault, exploitation

by Jessica Horowitz | Apr 05, 2022
The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged Montessori teacher Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged Montessori teacher Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, with sexual assault and sexual exploitation. Police allege the assault and exploitation involved a teenage girl and boy under 18 years of age and took place between 2017 and 2021.

To read the full article, please visit Ottawa Citizen.

Ottawa-area teacher and her husband charged with sexual assault, exploitation

by Jessica Horowitz | Apr 05, 2022
The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged Montessori teacher Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged Montessori teacher Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, with sexual assault and sexual exploitation. Police allege the assault and exploitation involved a teenage girl and boy under 18 years of age and took place between 2017 and 2021.

To read the full article, please visit Ottawa Citizen.