Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse Conference
"Navigating the System"
Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein Lawyers is proud to host our 1st Annual Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors Conference themed "Navigating the System." Join us on October 20, 2022, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in person or online to hear from survivors, health care professionals, and legal specialists who all play an essential role in caring for people who have experienced sexual abuse.
Anyone can experience sexual assault - male or female, young or old. Sadly, many survivors of sexual abuse feel like they cannot speak their truth because of threats, or they feel guilty, have fear, and/or shame. For some, the thought of seeking justice is daunting, and the system feels overwhelming. Together, the two factors often are enough to prevent survivors from coming forward to seek justice for these crimes against their sexual offender(s).
This conference aims to change that. It aims to help survivors feel empowered and confident in seeking justice by demystifying various legal processes and offering an overview of care resources available to survivors. A survivor's journey to healing is very personal to them, and their unique circumstances will play a role in what they choose to do and when they decide to do it and this conference aims to honour that.
At the same time, the conference also aims to raise awareness in persons who provide care and assistance to childhood sexual abuse and adult survivors. Our goal is to help others understand how to best support survivors of sexual abuse by exploring treatment resources and legal options available for the survivor to move forward in their healing journey. We hope also to offer education to healthcare and legal professionals to understand how to help their clients more effectively.
In the morning sessions, we will dive into a discussion around vicarious trauma. Daniel Pugh will focus his talk on the resources available to healthcare professionals to prevent and address workplace stress and burnout. Ivanna Iwasykiw will discuss how healthcare providers should take clinical notes and records to best assist survivors both in receiving care and in ways that support them in possible future legal cases.
A panel of health care professionals specializing in sexual trauma will join us to discuss resources and treatment options that can help the victims of such traumatic events and who require support.
The legal panel includes Justice Darla Wilson of the Superior Court of Justice, Civil Litigator Erin Ellis, Crown Counsel Mareike Newhouse, College Prosecutor Natasha Danson, a Legal Aid, and a worker from the Victims Witness Services Program. It will focus on how the judicial system can help survivors of sexual abuse.
Date: October 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- In-Person: Atrium on Bay, 595 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C2 - Earth and Sky Conference Rooms
- Virtual: A link will be provided
Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Navigating the System is a survivor focused Conference that aims to support survivors, and family members and educates lawyers, health care practitioners, and others who wish to understand the nuanced aspects of sexual abuse claims.
- Hear from specialized legal and healthcare professional in the field
- Engage in targeting learnings
- Hybrid Conference
- CPD Accredited
- Secondary Trauma, Daniel Pugh
- Clinical Notes and Records, Ivanna Iwasykiw
- Keynote – Colleen Cardinal-Hele
- Healthcare Panel
- Legal Panel
- Family Law and Violence – Erin Ellis
Our keynote speaker, sîpihkopiyesiw/Colleen Hele-Cardinal, is nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB but was adopted and raised in Sault Ste Marie, ON. Colleen also speaks publicly and candidly about MMIW2SG and the impacts of the 60's Scoop, drawing critical connections between colonial child welfare removal policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. She is the author of the Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee's Story of Coming Home and spearheading the GIS mapping initiative Mapping the 60s Scoop Diaspora, and being awarded the Ontario Premiers Award for Outstanding Community Service. Currently, Colleen is a crisis counsellor at the Hope for Wellness Crisis Line and a Criminology student at Carleton University.
For those attending in person, we understand that the conference may be overwhelming when discussing such traumatic and triggering subjects as sexual violence. We are always sensitive to your mental health, well-being and safety. A quiet room will be set up for those who need to step away from the conference.
Ivanna’s personal Injury practice is focused on representing survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, revenge porn, invasions of privacy, and institutional abuse.
Ivanna is a compassionate, practical, relentless lawyer, and a fierce advocate. She hopes that in assisting survivors in seeking justice and closure, she can help them find their power again. When not practicing law, Ivanna enjoys travelling, canoeing, hiking with her German Shepperd, fantasy books, and exploring new foods.
EllisErin has over a decade of experience and a proven track record of success advocating for survivors of both recent and historical sexual and physical abuse. She represents plaintiffs from across Canada, demanding acknowledgment and compensation for the harms perpetrated or facilitated by individuals and institutions, including abuse by teachers, coaches, relatives, foster parents, doctors, and clergy. Erin has a deep understanding of civil abuse litigation. Her extensive experience allows her to work effectively with her clients to determine the best approach for each individual case. Erin is passionate about representing survivors and uses compassion, dedication, and strong advocacy skills to assist her clients.View Bio
Natasha Danson is a partner at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc. She advises and represents clients in all areas of professional regulation, with a focus on matters related to discipline and sexual abuse. Natasha also advises regulators on employment and human resources matters and has a particular interest in human rights issues.
Natasha volunteers as amicus counsel at the Divisional Court for Pro Bono Ontario in addition to volunteering for the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline. She is a former member of the University Health Network’s Research and Ethics Board and a former editorial board member for the publication Health Law in Canada.
Natasha completed her law degree from the University of Ottawa.
sîpihkopiyesiw/Colleen Hele- Cardinal is nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB but was adopted and raised in Sault Ste Marie ON. She is a community organizer, social justice advocate, student, author and kokum. Her work includes organizing four national 60s scoop gatherings in Ontario, raising the issue of the 60's scoop at an international level to the displacement and loss of identity survivors have experienced. Colleen also speaks publicly and candidly about MMIW2SG and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop drawing critical connections between colonial child welfare removal policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. Currently Colleen is a crisis counsellor at the Hope for Wellness Crisis Line and a Criminology student at Carleton University.
NewhouseMareike Newhouse has been a Crown prosecutor in the Toronto area since 2010. She specializes in cases involving sexual violence and vulnerable victims, including child abuse and human trafficking cases. She is presently a member of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Sexual Violence Advisory Group, a small team of specialized prosecutors dedicated to enhancing the quality of sexual violence prosecutions and improving victims’ experiences in the criminal justice system. In addition to conducting sexual assault prosecutions, Mareike provides training and advice on sexual violence cases to police, Crown counsel, and other justice system participants across the province.
Registration: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Seminars: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Lunch & Keynote: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Atrium on Bay
595 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C2
Earth & Sky Conference Rooms
Please note that in-person attendance is capped at 50 people.
To provide an accessible experience for all, we will be live-streaming the conference.
You must register to receive a link to the seminar.