“This book cannot and will not simply fade into the background; it’s too great a force.” – Queen’s Journal
In the summer of 1986, Jane Doe became the fifth reported woman raped by a man dubbed the Balcony Rapist. After reporting, she realized that the police, instead of issuing a warning to women in her neighbourhood about the danger they faced, used them as bait to catch the rapist in the act. Jane and her supporters defied the police and postered the area themselves. Within two days the rapist was arrested following a tip from someone who saw their posters.
Unwilling to play the role of victim, Jane went on to become the first woman in Canada to secure her own legal representation during a rape trial - allowing her to hear evidence that the police had been negligent and discriminatory in their investigation of the Balcony Rapist, and had violated her Charter rights. Following his conviction, Jane sued the Toronto Police Force for their actions. Eleven grueling years later she won. Her case set legal precedent internationally.
Jane Doe uses multiple narratives to tell her story, including the artwork of internationally-acclaimed artist Shary Boyle. She takes us on an horrific, sad, outrageous, funny, tender, political tour of the legal, cultural, and institutional responses to sexual assault, sparing no one while doing it. In this new and revised edition, Jane Doe assesses current responses to rape and the women who experience it. Her use of humour, irony and blasphemy allows us to realize the relentless harm and inequality rape creates.