A march and rally in support of victims of sexual assault will be held in downtown Toronto just hours after Justice William B. Horkins hands down his verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi trial on Thursday.
Organized by the Centre for Women and Trans People and the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University, the March 24 event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Old City Hall and ending at Toronto Police Headquarters.
The hashtag #WeBelieveSurvivors is being promoted on Twitter ahead of the march.
“No matter the outcome of the trial, we support people who have lived through violence,” the group said in a Facebook page.
“Join us in solidarity to support the women who bravely testified, the countless others who could not to go to the police, and people who have lived through sexual violence in our communities.”
Although quantifying sexual assaults continue to be a challenge, as a majority of these crimes are not reported to police, Statistics Canada says fewer than one in ten sexual assault victims come forward.
The former CBC Radio host has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance by choking in connection to the alleged sexual assaults of three women, among them is Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere.
He admitted in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.