The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic for female victims of violence also intervened, arguing that a major reason women do not report sexual violence is that they fear their private information will be disclosed to the men who have abused them.

“Women who experience multiple inequalities, such as women with mental and physical disabilities, Aboriginal women, poor women, street-involved women and childhood sexual assault survivors, are significantly more vulnerable to sexual assault, often by multiple perpetrators,” the clinic said in a written argument to the Supreme Court. “They are also more likely to be ‘heavily documented’ by state institutions, including police, in a myriad of circumstances.”

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