Elizabeth K.P. Grace

Elizabeth K.P. Grace

Lerners LLP

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Widespread Sexual Abuse of Children in Remote Northern Community Results in Another Priest Being Found Guilty of Sex-Related...

The press reported late last week that former Roman Catholic priest and Oblate missionary Eric Dejaeger has been convicted on 24 of 80 sex-related charges involving Inuit children from the remote community of Igloolik in the...more

9/17/2014 - Aboriginal Issues Canada Minors Priests Sexual Abuse

Violation of Human Rights May Now Yield Additional Remedies in Abuse Cases

Ontario’s human rights legislation underwent various amendments in 2008. For the first time, a court deciding a civil lawsuit was allowed to order remedies for violation of human rights protected under the Human Rights Code....more

1/30/2014 - Canada Discrimination Human Rights Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

Lawyers call for higher damages in civil sexual assault cases

As a lawyer who regularly represents victims of sexual abuse, I was interviewed by Law Times about the quantum of damages awarded to successful plaintiffs in civil claims for sexual assault and sexual abuse. While the courts...more

10/18/2013 - Aggravated Damages Canada Damages Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

School Board Liability for Sexual Abuse of Students by Staff - An Area to be Watched

In the last year, there have been two Ontario trial decisions dealing with sexual abuse of students by teachers. While we are still awaiting the full decision in the second case, it appears these cases may have yielded...more

4/12/2013 - Canada Employer Liability Issues School Safety Sexual Abuse Sexual Conduct Students Teachers

Sexual assault: Why are court cases brought so long afterwards?

On February 7, 2012, Gordon Stuckless a former assistant equipment manager at Maple Leaf Gardens, was charged with six more counts of indecent assault against young boys in a historical sexual assault case. You may remember...more

2/11/2013 - Child Abuse Damages Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

Confidentiality of Settlements in Sexual Abuse Cases - Necessary Evil or Positive?

In the past several years, confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements, or what are sometimes called “gag orders”, have been the subject of well-deserved scrutiny in sexual abuse cases resolved by way of out-of-court...more

2/1/2013 - Confidentiality Agreements Settlement Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

Lerners' Lawyer Succeeds at Trial in Historic Abuse Case against Victims' Uncle

Milne v. Betts, 2012 ONSC 5565 - Over 40 years ago, C.M. and T.D. were sexually abused by their uncle, E.B when they visited their grandparents’ home where he lived. When C.M. was 6 years old, E.B. began trying to gain...more

11/13/2012 - Aggravated Damages Attorney's Fees Lost Earning Capacity Pain and Suffering Punitive Damages Sexual Abuse

What defences may apply to a sexual assault claim? – Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series on defences to claims for compensation based on sexual assault. This second part deals with what I call “technical-legal” defences. These are defences that operate irrespective of...more

10/31/2012 - Defences Immunity Limitation Periods Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

What defences may apply to a sexual assault claim? – Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series on defences in claims for compensation based on sexual abuse. When compensation is claimed in a civil lawsuit based on sexual abuse, there are various defences that may be asserted in...more

9/25/2012 - Consent Defences Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

Compensation Awards in Sexual Assault Cases - Case Summary #3

K.M.M. v. Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of the Diocese of London in Ontario, 2011 ONSC Starting when she was 7 years old, the plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused by her parish priest, Father Charles Sylvestre. The...more

6/29/2012 - Loss of Income Out-of-Pocket Expenses Pain and Suffering Religion Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault

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