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Dearest FLFers:

If you’re looking for some entertaining and informative summer listening, may we suggest CBC’s Know Your Rights. Each week’s episode focuses on a different Charter right. The most recent episode, dedicated to section 15 (specifically freedom from discrimination based on sex or age), featured an interview with Lenore Lukasik-Foss, the director of the Sexual Assault Centre in Hamilton, ON on the subject of SlutWalks. 

The section 7 – Life, liberty and security of the person – episode, (#4) featured a discussion with Canadian Civil Liberties Association lawyers Noa Mendelsohn Aviv and Graeme Norton as to whether the Charter protects one’s right to be a prostitute. 

Check out all the episodes out here: http://www.cbc.ca/knowyourrights/episodes/

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Many thanks to FLF co-chair Dayna for passing along this news item highlighting Nafissatou Diallo’s recent interview with Newsweek. Diallo was on staff at a New York hotel when she accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan of sexually assaulting her.

The coverage of this case in the media in recent months has focused substantially on the credibility of Diallo as an accuser, with little attention being paid to the events of the night in question.  As one of her lawyers, Douglas Wigdor, says in the article, “She’s being attacked… and she thought it was important to put a name and face to her account.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43877005/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/hotel-maid-dominique-strauss-kahn-looked-crazy-man/

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