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Human Rights

#MeToo needs to move beyond outing, demand concrete change

By Lorin MacDonald

On Valentine’s Day, renowned criminal defense lawyer Marie Henein addressed a standing room only crowd (with a full overflow room as well) at University of Toronto’s Hart House. Henein has gained a well-earned reputation as a fierce defender of many high profile clients, the most famous arguably being Jian Ghomeshi. His 2016 acquittal on four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking related to his actions with three separate women sparked protests and vigorous debate about who knew what when, and how his employer, Canada’s national broadcaster, could have stopped this. The rise of the viral #MeToo movement on social media to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment across workplaces has carried this debate on a virtual tidal wave around the world.

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