Welcome to the Not Okay project.
Not Okay builds on the independent legal advice (ILA) project piloted by the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Clinic, and works in partnership with the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, and Aboriginal Legal Services.
Not Okay increases individual access to justice for the most marginalized women in Toronto, including Indigenous women, women from immigrant, refugee and precarious status communities, women with physical and mental health disabilities, LBT women and those with non-binary gender identity, as well as those not able to access comparable supports. Specifically, the project:
- Offers survivors of sexual assault information sessions co-facilitated by a counsellor and lawyer in the spaces that women are already accessing;
- Empowers survivors to make informed choices by providing relevant information on how her conduct and narrative can be used against her;
- Tackles the barriers to criminal justice for marginalized women who have experienced sexual assault, and correct misinformation about the criminal process before a woman decides to report her assault to police;
- Improves upon existing public legal education materials available to claimants as well as those supporting survivors, such as court support workers, agency staff, crown attorneys and members of the Bench; and
- Provides training for criminal justice professionals on a culturally-relevant, trauma-informed response to sexual assault law.