Vancouver Rape Relief urges Court to appoint Amicus Curiae in Ivan Henry Supreme Court Case

Thursday, November 26, 2015

For Immediate Release

Vancouver Rape Relief urges Court to appoint Amicus Curiae

in Ivan Henry Supreme Court Case 

On March 1983, Ivan Henry was convicted of ten counts of sexual assault involving eight women, who were attacked in Vancouver from 1980-1982. Previous to that, Henry was convicted and jailed for attempted rape in Winnipeg.

On October 2010, Henry was acquitted by the B.C. Court of Appeal because his conviction was tainted by flawed processes. It’s important to note that the court stated in this case, acquittal did not mean Henry was innocent.

On June 2011, Henry filed a civil lawsuit seeking compensation from the City of Vancouver and the Province of B.C. The lawsuit is now being heard in the Supreme Court of B.C.

So far, in this lengthy process, the women who Henry was convicted of raping at knife point, remain invisible. Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is seeking amicus curiae, which will allow for some of the victims to have their voice heard by the court and by the public.

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Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is the oldest rape crisis centre in Canada and has been supporting some of the victims/involved in the Ivan Henry case since the 80’s.

Amicus Curiaemeaning: “ A friend of court” A person with strong interest in or views on the subject matter of a court case, but not a party to the case.  

Media Contact: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, hillak{at}rapereliefshelter.bc.ca