women’s rights activist and soon to be women’s rights lawyer
Not only is Jade a Country singer but she’s also a women’s rights activist and soon to be women’s rights lawyer, fighting for change in the area of a better and more fair justice and legal system for women who are victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment in Canada. In 2019, Jade won the people’s choice award for community activism, at the 2019 Waterfront Awards in Toronto.
Inspired by many powerful figures in women’s rights like; Gloria Allred, Jade aims to fight fearlessly for change. With years of experience representing herself in successful actions, where Hon. Justice A. O’Marra, told her during a hearing for her own sexual assault case, that she should consider becoming a lawyer, Jade is currently enrolled in Lakehead Universities 2 year pre-law program in political science and women’s studies, followed a 3 year Juris Doctor of law program at Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Law School, where she will not need to article and will be ready to be called to bar and start representing as many women as she can, on the side of her Country Music carer, as a hobby that is close to her heart.
Inspired by her own barriers when she tried to report her sexual assault to the police and bring forward a private prosecution, she knew she was not alone and that the heartbreaking reality was that thousands of women just like her, face difficulty holding their perpetrators liable.
Jade could not imagine other kind-hearted women going through the same. Not every woman is as strong as she is and sometimes just a judge accepting something and providing a judgment can help lift an abused woman's spirit and self esteem, but many women don't have the financial resources to hire a lawyer or strength to represent themselves.
After her story became public, she received many emails from women, who stated to have been sexually assaulted, where police did not charge the man and that they would be too afraid to represent themselves. Some women even stated that they didn't go to police because they feared they would not be believed just like Jade wasn't. As a result, Jade says she will take all her cases on a contingency or probono basis.
After a while, it became less about her, and more about making change for thousands of other Canadian women. Jade has made it her duty to fight for women’s rights when it comes to getting civil justice for sexual assault, sexual harassment and women accused with defamation against men. Jade also aims to work on changing the legislation, in terms of how sex assault prosecutions are handled in Canada to make it fairer, while educating crowns and police on the seriousness of these prosecutions. Jade believes that absolute immunity to mistakes should not exist for the crown, but that impartial judges should be able to intervene when there is enough evidence to proceed, to avoid mistakes and cover ups, and that other changes have to be made as well. According to lawyer; Danny Kayfetz, many cases, for non-sexual assault crimes have occurred where crowns said they admit the allegation is true, but that they still did not wish to proceed, due to no reasonable prospect of conviction. Frustrated judges were not allowed to intervene.
Her aim is to bring two bills:
Bill 1: One of which will allow judges to intervene in prosecutions where there is enough evidence to proceed. This will cover violent crimes only, mainly sex offenses and assaults. The crown will remain not liable for the tort of negligence civilly, but judges will be able to review the crowns decision to stay a proceeding and decide to overrule the decision and issue the warrants/summonses and have it proceed, based solely on the judges opinion on the evidence. As it stands now, judges can only overrule a decision not to proceed, if there is extreme evidence of wrongdoing, not just a mistake. The bar to prove extreme wrong doing is a bar too high to reach for a lot of people, as solid evidence is hard to come by. The crown can decide whether or not to withdraw the charges at a later date once defence is reviewed. This change will be in line with the hopes that crowns will take prosecutions for violent crimes serious and ensuring all evidence is heard, before any determination is made.
Bill 2: The second bill, is to not allow any other area of a woman's life to affect her credibility in a sexual assault prosecution, unless it is a conviction for obstructing justice where the circumstances involve making a prior false accusation against an individual. Jade believes it isn't fair. Sexual assault can happen to anyone and Jade believes that her past guilty plea, which she advised would be struck and was without merit, and ongoing forgery accusation at that time brought by her perpetrator with the deliberate intent of harming her credibility, not proven in court, should not have been a part of her genuine allegation when she was a victim of a violent crime.
Danny Kayfetz, Toronto lawyer to Jade, stated that he has witnessed a few cases where the evidence is overwhelming, where the crown agrees that the assaults happened but still didn't wish to proceed, due to cover ups for the perpetrators. This conduct diminishes the self esteem and rights to protection and justice of people who are seriously victims and injured by violent offenses and is in the public interest because people who get away with violent crimes are likely to continue harm to more people throughout their life. In some cases, judges see it too, but just can't intervene, as their hands are tied.
Like Gloria Allred’s winning case where she had a mans defamation claim dismissed, because the judge stated that women should be able to write about their dishonest partners on the internet, without having to worry about a law suit, Jade plans to do what she can to reinstate women’s rights here in Canada. In Canada, women risk being criminally charged for posting their stories online. Even though it’s not a criminal offense, Police officers often mistake it with criminal harassment. With the #metoo movement, women have been encouraged to speak out and write about their perpetrators. There is even a #metoo database to insert your perpetrator’s name.
Jade’s difficulty with the criminal procedure
In 2017, Jade tried to press charges through the police. When they chose not to press charges after 9 months of no investigation, she opened a private prosecution. The Ontario Crown Attorney’s prevented her case from going through, without any evidence being heard, claiming she had “credibility issues” despite the fact that she was very credible. Due to the perpetrator’s occupation, he had close friends on the police force, and inappropriate emails were exchanged between her perpetrator and the officer who became in charge in charge of her case, so her case was ultimately swept under the rug, after which, they advised the Crown to stay the charges without any evidence being heard. The officer who became in charge; Maureen Trueman, tried to intimidate her witnesses from attending court as well.
They blamed the fact that she had been falsely accused of forgery, and a minor harassment charge previously.
Although she was never convicted; in 2017, she plead guilty to criminal harassment after sending a prior boyfriend 13 non threatening texts, asking for an explanation after he blocked her on his phone. Her new lawyer; Daniel Kayfetz, had to move to set aside the guilty plea, on the grounds of ineffectiveness of counsel, citing that the complainant gave her consent to text as much as she wanted, nothing was threatening, he did not want her charged and that she was charged almost 25 days later, after doing nothing wrong. Transcripts from that hearing stated that the court was struggling to accept the plea, citing; "Anyone can send 13 texts and it wouldn't be criminal harassment. She was found not guilty. The guilty plea was struck by the court on March 25th 2019: click here
After she reported her sexual assault to police, her perpetrator went to police to report her for forgery, claiming she signed his signature on a character reference letter. After forensic examinations, the court certified expert concluded that the hands of Jade did not sign the letter, and in fact concluded distinct similarities between the complainant's writing and the letter in question. Click here
It was later discovered that her perpetrator had a history with the law, such as when he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for aggravated assault for a savage beating of a man selected at random, for money during a time he was addicted to alcohol and drugs and wanted to avoid being a reference for her once he found out it was for a criminal case, in case his criminal past was to come out. She was found not guilty of forensics. It should be noted that other witnesses including other women who have been abused have come forward to state that her perpetrator is very calculate and will call the police first, even after an assault, such as pushing a woman down the stairs, in order to ensure he covers his tracks so that if the woman reports it, the allegation goes nowhere. A judge recently told another woman that she is not to accuse him of pushing her down the stairs any longer, since the police report shows that he called first, claiming it was a slip and fall.
In Ontario, the Crown and the police hold the power as to whether or not to prosecute a crime. Sexual assault is one of the most violating offenses there is, which can leave women with long term emotional scars. The Crown has a lot of discretionary power, which can lead to abuse of process or error. Giving anyone too much discretion, is bound to lead to misuse and mistakes.
Due to corrupt uneducated law enforcement charging people for victim-less crimes, and the increase of sexual exploitation in music and media, men are targeting abandoned women with low self esteem, and throwaway’s into trafficking or sexual assault and normal sex is not enough for some people in society, who have become to exposed to these hyper-sexual images in the media. It's important that women's groups start taking action; changing the laws, informing the media and making sure law enforcement and judges are educated. It would be easy to ignore but then more women would face uphill battles holding these sociopaths liable.
When citizens were asked for an opinion, here is what they said:
“A stay should never be an option. Charges should always be placed when there is credible evidence to support a violent crime probably occurred, in which after the crown reviews the accused’s defense, then charges may be withdrawn, if the crown decides not to prosecute.
Staying a prosecution without any evidence being heard is an abuse of process on behalf of the crown, as consistent testimony when on the stand, is the main test for credibility in an adult witness, according to the law. Credibility of a victim is not to be assessed at that early stage either, that all comes later. A victim may not be completely happy with the outcome, but the justice system promises all citizens that they will be treated fairly, and have a day in court, a chance to present the evidence in a fair way to the court, with all evidence being heard, before a decision is made by the crown.” - Jade Naraine
jade’s ALLEGATION WAS CREDIBLE
The reason why Jade’s allegation was so credible was because of chronology and witnesses. There have been many cases in the past where judges have said that even if there was something else that the woman could have been upset about later, the fact that she told witnesses prior to that incident, meant that the sexual assault must have happened.
The crown thought that maybe Jade came forward because of a little instagram account dispute that the perpetrator tried to blame it on, but Martin Lask, her witness, was a stranger that she met for the first time the day after the sexual assault. His evidence was that she told him and said she was in pain and appeared in pain and uncomfortable and offered to take her to the hospital.
Martin was a stranger who had no interest in helping her. This is another thing judges look at, what interest the person has in this. Martin stated it is expensive and obviously a hassle to fly to Toronto for hearings all the time, but stated that he would do it because he felt that she was truly injured. Mike, her producer had also been deemed by a judge at a prior hearing to be very credible by Justice Borenstein, so she had two credible, genuine witnesses with no reason to lie.
The accused may try to blame it on something else or say the girl is vindictive or doing it for something else, but there are many cases, such as the Zando case, where despite that police did not press charges and he claimed she was vindictive, the judge could not see how that version was possible when witnesses said she mentioned the sexual assault before the incident the man describes. In Jade’s case, the assault happened on March 2nd, and she met Martin the next day, and then the perpetrator brought up an instagram account issue a week later. The instagram account had nothing to with their breakup or why she told Martin and Mike she was sexually assaulted a week beforehand.
Superior Court Justice O'Marra had stated to another car accident matter, that the fact that someone has been previously charged with a car accident related issue and the charge was withdrawn should be struck from the statement of claim, as prejudicial. He stated that the matter was never determined in the court.
The crown using Jade’s past harassment charge with was also prejudicial. It was a different relationship, one with a man who did not abuse her. If someone is charged with an offense and it's withdrawn or ongoing, it is obviously prejudicial to use that as any kind of proof that a person is not credible, because its only one side and not a full picture. Using unrelated things to determine credibility for a sexual assault, undermines the seriousness of the sexual assault.
Judges have also continuously said that credibility is also pertaining to consistent story of events at different times. For example if the girls testimony to her lawyer, the police report, psychologist and under oath on the stand were all the same, then a judge can find her to be credible. In this case, the officer Maureen Trueman said there was an inconsistent date in her police report, apparently to something online, but regardless, the fact that sexual activity happened on March 2nd, was never in dispute between the perpetrator and her. Sometimes victims make small slip ups with dates when they have a lot on their minds. Judges have stated that only significant things that could not have been forgotten matter.
Due to various lawyers opinion, that sociopaths are often believed as hey appear credible and get away with a lot, including often misleading the court. After Jade’s default judgment for her sexual assault was set aside, which is why Jade also decided to retain a lawyer on contingency to represent her in the trial. They also prey on women with low self-esteem. In Jade’s case, this was evident as there were multiple helpless younger women with poor family backgrounds who were victim to his abuse. One of the women who alleged abuse, was a crown ward, who came from a skitzophrenic mother. Jade herself, also came from parents who did not care for her. The mental anguish on the woman can be heavy, which is why Jade wants crowns to try harder to get these men. According to Jade’s civil lawyer, she appeared credible. While civil and criminal are different, the crown should at least allow a woman’s evidence to be heard, so she isn’t re-victimized and embarrassed.
This assault was also premeditated because the perpetrator had stated to police that he never cared about or trusted her during their relationship and would never say good things about her. After he raped her, he talked about how much he hated her and made fun of her acne and that she was part black. The case is a very important one, where strong experienced counsel was necessary. He would also con women and pretend he only had one part-time job. Women alleged to have been asked to pay for food, trips and expensive guns.
What is a private prosecution?
Generally, allegations of criminal activity are reported to the police. After the police investigate, they may lay criminal charges. However, anyone who has reasonable grounds to believe that a person has committed an offence may lay an information in writing and under oath before a Justice of the Peace.
When the information is presented to the court by a private citizen, it is then referred to either a provincial court judge or a designated justice of the peace, who holds a special hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether a summons or warrant should be issued to compel the person to attend court and answer to the charge.
This hearing, held under s. 507.1 of the Criminal Code, takes place in private, without notice to the accused person. At the hearing, the judge or justice of the peace must hear and consider all of the allegations and available evidence.
The Crown must also receive a copy of the information, get notice of the hearing, and have an opportunity to attend. The Crown may attend at the hearing without being deemed to intervene in the proceedings.
If the judge or justice of the peace decides not to issue a summons or a warrant, then the information is deemed never to have been laid.
If the judge or justice of the peace issues a summons, the person will be served with a copy of the summons, which notifies them of the charge and compels them to attend court. If the judge or justice of the peace issues a warrant, the person will be arrested and brought before a justice.
To avoid any abuse of the private prosecution process, the Criminal Code and the Crown Attorneys Act authorize Crown Counsel to supervise privately laid charges to ensure that such prosecutions are in the best interest of the administration of justice. If a summons or warrant is issued and the case involves an indictable offence, the Crown is required to take over the prosecution. So, a private citizen's right to swear an information is always subject to the Crown's right to intervene and take over the prosecution.
If the Crown intervenes, the Crown will review the matter, as it does in every other criminal case, to determine whether there is a reasonable prospect of conviction and whether a prosecution is in the public interest. If so, the Crown will proceed with the prosecution. If not, the Crown is duty-bound to withdraw the charge.
Jade’s civil law suit against her Perpetrator and her Judicial Review against the crowns decision:
In July 2018, Jade was successful in holding her perpetrator accountable in civil court, where she represented herself and was awarded $105,000. The judgment was set aside and the matter will go to trial, since the perpetrator claimed he didn’t know he needed to file a defense, and in Ontario, they want to give everyone a day in court.
Her perpetrator however; was dishonest when he had the judge set aside the default.
Her perpetrator was then noted in default again for another matter after being reminded twice to file a defence via email. He also lied to the judge when he stated he was unable to represent himself in a civil case due to the stress. Almost instantly, after the hearing, commenced another frivolous, vexatious action against Jade and her record label, for truthful statements she made about how he treated her, on her own website, which her record label's lawyer filed a motion for summary judgment for dismissal against.
The entire setting aside of the default to begin with was based on a lie by her perpetrator, claiming he didn't believe her, when the truth was that he just didn't care and knew that a judge would set it aside later, because he believed he was the boss and can do as he pleases when he pleases. Her perpetrator being in default again, means the first time was not an accident and that he was the one with credibility issues. The perpetrator had minimal respect for courts or judges and believed he was the boss, which judges have made in their endorsements.
Lawyers had stated that sociopath’s tend to get away with a lot and often appear credible and are able to mislead judges. They also prey on women with low self-esteem. In Jade’s case, this was evident as there were multiple helpless younger women with poor family backgrounds who were victim to his abuse. The case was a very important one, where strong experienced counsel was necessary.
In October 2018, a full day hearing for Judicial Review was held for the Crown’s decision to stay her prosecution and it was a close call and a very good hearing as the judge seemed to agree with a lot of what Jade said, but it was dismissed. The Hon. Judge stated that it came down to not having an affidavit, sworn by Danny kayfetz, her lawyer, to confirm and corroborate some of the facts, pertaining to wrongdoing by the crown, in the case.
A stay has never been overturned ever before in Canada, but the law states that it’s possible, it’s just a very high threshold because the crown is a huge entity and is allowed to broad prosecutor discretion and enjoy immunity from negligence actions. The only way a case can be won, is if a citizen can show flagrant misconduct. Jade was seeking a mandamus, ordering the crown to follow their statutory duties by allowing her a fair hearing, where all evidence is heard.
Though the presiding judge; Justice Frederick Myers, stated that he "believed her honesty," he Judge dismissed the decision because he stated that due to Absolute immunity, the crown has "broad discretionary power, which should not be interfered with, unless there is overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing.” He stated that he was not going to assess her credibility, nor was he going to decide if he would have done the same thing, or even if the crown made a mistake. He was only going to determine extreme wrongdoing.
Jade had submitted some evidence of wrongdoing in the form of emails, showing some negative influence, on her other cases, ever since the police neglected her sexual assault case. The Crowns who stayed the sexual assault charges, were pressuring other crowns who originally agreed to withdraw her charges, not to withdraw them. They were also working with police to have her repetitively charged, where there was no merit, such as when she would send a letter out for her civil case. All charges would be withdrawn. The emails were from her criminal lawyer to her; however, the judge stated that they were "inadmissible and that "without an affidavit from Danny Kayfetz, he could confirm wrongdoing by the crown." He did state to the Crown however; that “Everything that Jade described, would meet the threshold of flagrant misconduct, if only she had an affidavit from Danny Kayfetz.” He advised Jade, that it was double hearsay, “A crown telling Danny something and Danny telling Jade something, further reinstating that it was an issue that she didn’t have the affidavit.” Her lawyer Danny Kayfetz was hesitant to come forward at the time, knowing that in speaking against the crown, he could risk his own career hurdles as a criminal defence lawyer.
Click here to see transcript from hearing where Justice Myers states that what Jade describes would be flagrant impropriety, but that the fact that she did not have an affidavit from Danny Kayfetz was a problem.
Many lawyers asked for opinion have stated that it is "unfair and procedurally incorrect to stay a prosecution, before evidence is heard," since “while citizens are not always going to get the result they want, one thing the Canadian Justice system promises citizens, is that they will be heard and get a day in court.” - Marie Heinen, lawyer for Jiann Ghomeshi. This was something that Jade felt the presiding judge missed in this case.
Jade decided to appeal the decision, with the fresh evidence the judge said he was missing, because she believes that people who work in public positions always need to follow the rule book so that abuses of process does not work, when it comes to providing a fair and impartial hearing and Judicial process.
Even if she is unable to prove flagrant impropriety, Jade aims to ask the judges to put in their endorsements that a solid suggestion that someone has credibility issues without any proof or guilt that she has lied about anything was not the right way to phrase it. A better suggestion would have been she may have potential perceived credibility issues, but even then, the real question is, was any of her other issues in her life relevant to her sex assault proceeding?
There are 3 main grounds of appeal:
The judge agreed on record that credibility is related to a matter of evidence within a case only, but then made the mistake in stating that the crown did nothing wrong by including past cases in their assessment of her credibility.
The crown stated that crown Richard Nathanson had been in charge of the case from the start and only sent crown attorney Sean Doyle, as a favour, because he was busy, and that he had already done a thorough investigation; however the judge stated that the perhaps Sean Doyle came in bad faith to the hearing, prepared to stay the prosecution, but that he turned it around by listening to her lawyer and giving her the chance to adjourn the matter and provide more evidence. It was after this date that Sean said he would be transferring carriage to Crown; Christine Jenkins. Once she had carriage, she stated that she would now be doing a thorough investigation. This meant that Richard Nathan’s evidence was wrong and a lie. He had not done any investigation previously.
The crown was negatively influencing other proceedings, preventing charges from being withdrawn and orchestrating false arrests to be laid. At the time, the judge needed an affidavit from Daniel Kayfetz to confirm this wrongdoing. Jade has filed it as fresh evidence.
THE CONTEXT OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT
“The systems presently in place are still very political. I’m not surprised that even in cases where so many women have come forward, police are still not placing charges. It's also likely that OIPRD will generate no results. The Police tend to protect their own and often look for ways they can find excuses as to why they can't proceed with sexual misconduct charges. For me, it was my "credibility" in their eyes. For these other women out there, considering that there are even multiple women in some cases, and likely nothing in their lives to lead police to be able to blame credibility, they will find other reasons, as an excuse to disregard a mans misconduct, especially if it’s one of their own's misconduct; ie police officer, paramedic, firefighter. The trek to holding perpetrators liable is a difficult one and my suggestion to victims has always been to pursue a civil case. That way, they will get their day in court, in front of an impartial judge or jury.” - Jade Naraine
Sexual assault has always been a difficult crime to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, even for women without charges. Jade thinks it's good that proof beyond a reasonable doubt exists as a safeguard, to prevent the innocent from being wrongfully convicted, but at the same time, some guilty people may be found innocent. A system can never be perfect.
There are laws currently in place which prevent the use of the accused's criminal history or sexual lifestyle, so that the accused is not prejudiced. In her case, the perpetrator had a history of violence and abuse towards women, according to the public record. He plead guilty to assault and assault with a weapon and received a probation. Her perpetrator also faced drugs charges and plead guilty to charges involving unlawful use and possession of firearms and various other explosive devices. Her perpetrator also stated to get pleasure from seeing others in pain and would subject his son to gun activity, even after child protected services, clinical investigators and other entities told him not to and that his son made his position clear on it, The son ultimately suffered Depression and anxiety as a result. None of this could be used, due to laws in place that prevent the admissibility of the accused’s criminal past. Her perpetrator had also broken a woman’s bones in the past during intimacy, and pushed a woman down the stairs.
Women, too afraid to come forward and face humiliation, had sent Jade anonymous emails stating that her perpetrator was known to believe he was above the law and received special treatment, while referring her to publicly available court cases about his prior conduct. Jade’s perpetrator had even kept a young woman in her basement for free, to perform sex favours for him and his wife. This was even at the time when he met Jade and told Jade polyamoury was in his past, to manipulate Jade that he fit her traditional morals and values. His wife did send Jade an email to warn her, but her perpetrator told police that the wife was contacting Jade, out of sadness, because Jade has posted photos with him on social media (with his consent.) His wife was polyamorous, so this was evidently false.
Jade’s advice to victims of sexual assault, without a lot of physical evidence or witnesses who saw the incident happen, would be to pursue a civil case. It will allow a victim to have their day in court, where a judge or jury only has to decide on a balance of probabilities. This is a more accessible standard for crimes which often happen in private.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment is very present in today’s society, and unfortunately, due to a lot of stereotypes, they are the crimes least prosecuted. Rape culture is very prominent, and with the media and morality, going downhill, men feel more empowered than ever to act.
Men take advantage of the fact that these incidents are usually he said/she said cases and done in private, which makes it that much more difficult for women to get justice. For the sociopath, it is a perfect crime, where charm and a good presentation can often allow them to get off Scott free. Sociopaths are good talkers, and can be very charming, and likable.
Any man who engages in violent sex, would be considered a sadist, and no woman should have to endure that kind of sex, which strays from the norm, against their will. According to mental health professionals, Sadism and BDSM, stems from mental illness and is normally associated with individuals of a sociopathic nature, with risky sexual lifestyles and limited morals.
Jade was not involved in that lifestyle, like her perpetrator was. He specifically found her on a traditional dating site and tried to lure her in. In growing up with parents who engaged in violence, violent sex was all the more traumatizing for her. Jade was able to have him banned from the traditional dating sites, which highlights the sad fact that the public does more to prevent sexual misconduct than law enforcement does. Other women came forward testifying violent physical and emotional abuse by the perpetrator, but none of the women went to police. In cases where multiple women come forward, Crowns can rely on the similar evidence act. This act is used when there is not enough evidence to support that a crime occurred, so they rely on striking or eerily similar traits surrounding alleged criminal activity, like similar testimony. In this case, another woman came forward alleging he had slandered her with a personality disorder, she didn’t have, after he abused her, just like he did Jade, there were other distinct similarities as well, but nothing could be used because the woman did not wish to file a police report.
There have been many cases; Phillip Markoff, Ted Bundy, Matthew Winkler, where the person did not fit the profile the police thought. This was particularly evident in Jade’s case, as the perpetrator was a pathological liar, but able to get on the good sides of crowns, police and many women, who he did not like or respect, even while he was with them, as seen when he testified under oath to having never liked Jade, even while they dated.
Many people had come forward to state that he had a history of being very calculative and manipulative. When he pushed a woman down the stairs, he called police first to complain about her, so when she tried to report the push, the police could not place charges. He did the same with Jade. When Jade told him she was reporting the sex assault, he called police first to get a report in for harassment. No charges were laid but the report was there, then later on, he tried to get her charged for forgery with his friends at 41st division, which ultimately made it impossible for her to get her sexual assault put through. A judge ended up telling the other woman not to accuse him of physical abuse any longer.
These types of men are master deceivers and they know how to talk their way out of issues and through life. A good example of his deceit was when he was able to convince the police and his work place that he did not know where nude/explicit photos of women came from, after he shared the photos from his own email address, without the women’s consent. He was able to get his work to think of him as the victim. His wife, whom he was separated from, and whom he hid their lifestyle from her family for many years, even sent an email to Jade to warn her that he was living another life, concerned if he was being honest with Jade.
Anyone who is victimized by sexual assault or sexual harassment should collect as much evidence as they can, and go to the hospital right away, even photographs of physical harm if possible will help and telling the doctor what happened. Sometimes women don't think logically when raped or in other such situations. It’s understandable that women who are sexually assaulted by someone they know, may not act immediately as it takes time to process the emotions and see someone as the perpetrator who was just someone they trusted, but it’s important to document things and decide later.
Jade’s case was perhaps even more traumatizing, due to the context in which it took place. Her perpetrator had malicious, deceitful intent from the start, and had limited respect for the rights of women, initially told her in texts that his alternative sexual lifestyle was in his past and that he agreed monogamy was better; however, it wasn’t, so not only was she scarred by the sexual violence he liked to perpetrate on women, but struggled emotionally with the lifestyle he lured into, which she knew nothing about prior, since she was traditional. Many women were misled and were engaging in unprotected sex with her perpetrator. Prior to intimacy, he agreed they would be exclusive and he would delete his dating app, stating she could feel 100% safe with him. After intimacy, he revealed he preferred being polyamorous. Jade, struggling with abandonment, forced herself to accept the toxic relationship, but it was later discovered that he was always polyamorous and had a woman living in his basement whom was under the belief she was his life partner and in love, from before he met Jade. Her perpetrator even admitted on video, that he never liked Jade, even while he was dating her and pretending to like her, therefore, making it an admission that it was a targeted sexual assault.
There are many positive changes being made in the system as though. Crowns have stopped the use of text messages sent before or after sexual assaults, from being entered as evidence, because often times women want to hold on or see their perpetrators again, to legitimize what happened; however, this does not minimize the low self esteem and mental health issues the abuse causes. Some women even stay with abusive partners for many years. According to some Ontario Crown’s, Women who are victims may think; “if he likes me, maybe he didn’t rape me.”
In Jade’s situation, she knew there were some texts and aspects about their relationship that may have been questionable or embarrassing, but with the help of her psychologists and explanations to abandonment, along with the sheer fact that she was telling the truth, she knew would overrule all else, so she reported anyway. For example, after the sex assault, the following morning when she was feeling abandoned and lost, she responded to his text that she had a good time at the sleepover, just to ensure that she wouldn’t be abandoned at an emotionally difficult time when she was still processing the incident, as fears of abandonment are more severe for her. Jade would never stay in an abusive situation very long, but always report/ expose it, because she knows she deserves better; however, many women do stay. In America, men are charged for their assaults on women all counts over 3 years, even if the woman stayed.
The Police; however should have charged him, then it would have deterred him from acting again or continuing his harm. There was no excuse. They only need to be satisfied that there is reasonable cause. If a judge can award damages, then that shows that there was reasonable cause, and highlights the changes that need to be made in the police force.
Jade believes women should overall forgo reporting to the police at all, unless there is solid physical evidence or witnesses who saw the assault happen. It can cause a lot of emotional trauma and stress to complainants when police neglect your case or when crowns stay the case, like being victimized all over again.
Jade, like many victims, never actually cared if her perpetrator was convicted. She just did a private prosecution because that was what a lawyers told her to do when they police forgot about her case. Women just want some token redress their suffering. Some acknowledgement that what happened happened and often, they don’t care what form that closure it comes in.
This site will be updated after the appeal of the Judicial Review, the bills, her sexual assault civil trial and her trial against TPS, for all the false charges, misconduct and negligence.*
It should be noted that other witnesses including other women who have been abused have come forward to state that her perpetrator is very calculative and will call the police first, even after an assault, such as pushing a woman down the stairs, in order to ensure he covers his tracks so that if the woman reports it, the allegation goes nowhere. This was similar to her case, when he accused her of forgery, though it turned out, she did not sign the reference letter. A judge recently told another woman that she is not to accuse him of pushing her down the stairs any longer, since the police report shows that he called first, claiming it was a slip and fall. Other witnesses have stated he would file contempt motions, right after being served with contempt motion paperwork, just to confuse the judge and bring commotion to the court. He would ultimately be found in contempt. He spent years committing crimes and getting by. His main ammunition was always to contact the police first even when he’s the one committing the crime. Another woman, is so hurt by his abuse that she doesn’t want to come forward and have to relive the memories. He also impregnated a 17 year old homeless woman and introduced her to alcohol. There were various women who would end the relationship immediately with him, but would never expose as to why. It is believed that he may have been subjecting them to the same abuse. One was as recent as early 2019, during a vacation they had had, where she told him to leave immediately and pay for his own flight back, according to his son. He was also known to con women into believing he only had a part-time job, into paying for food, trips and other items. He had two jobs and his tax returns showed that he made a lot of money.
Jade is going to prepare well to present to the trial judge a pattern of abusive conduct that spans years and hiding behind the persona, that he isn't, deceiving, controlling and manipulating courts, judges, police, women and trying to harm her credibility. She has ordered the transcripts where he lies to a judge about a PTSD diagnosis that he is pretending to have. Jade is going to tell the judge that she does not want to spend years more of her life on this man in any appeals and that she wants a judgment now to move on and that she doesn't care what the amount is. She just wants something, so if there is anything bothering the judge or concerning him to please make sure he asks her so she can clear it up so that he is completely confident in his decision.
Pushing a woman down the stairs is still abuse. Any abuse towards a woman is wrong, whether sexual, physical or mental. He has gone a long time, getting away with things.
Jade says trying to get justice against a sociopath makes a woman want to pull her hair out every time she's around him, because they are extremely difficult to expose. She says sociopaths are the worst because it doesn't matter who they speak to, police, crowns, judges, women, the person on the other end are always under their spell, but that she isn't one to give up. Jade knows though that judges know sociopaths and manipulative genius' exist, so it's a matter of presenting the evidence well in a way that presents a pattern of shady contradictions.