What’s Current: Convicted rapist, Ivan Henry, acquitted due to flawed process, awarded $8,000,000 from B.C. government

Ivan HenryB.C. Supreme Court delivered its judgement granting Ivan Henry $8,000,000. Henry was convicted of ten counts of sexual offence in March 1983, involving eight victims who were attacked in Vancouver in 1980-1982. Previous to that, Henry was convicted and jailed for attempted rape in Winnipeg. After being acquitted in 2010, Henry sued the City of Vancouver and senior levels of government. Vancouver Rape Relief collective member Louisa Russel says:

“Chief Justice Hinkson refused to address the question of Henry’s guilt in this civil trial and would not allow evidence to be brought forward, or any victim to testify. When the B.C. Supreme Court of Appeal acquitted Henry in 2010, it didn’t exonerate him. Henry was acquitted because his conviction was tainted of flawed process (aka wrongful conviction), not because he is innocent.”

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  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    If you thought Aaron Persky giving the man who severely beat his wife “a weekend or two in jail” was bad, feast on this:


  • Reffael Fishzon

    This WC is pretty grim, isn’t it? Keep it up, I guess. It’s not everyday you see any piece of media which doesn’t have a happy end. Love your work (I guess this comment does have a good end).

    • Meghan Murphy

      Grim indeed… Can’t hide the truth, though…

  • will

    I’m horrified at the news about Ivan Henry. How is it that when the state fucks up, it benefits men like him? Is it just me? Are there any heinous women out there who have been rendered multi-millionaires on the public pocket as a result of destroying people’s lives – and destroying those lives for the sake of their own pleasure and nothing more??

    • Mitochondrial Eve

      Yep. What’s also disturbing is that the Cdn government doesn’t want to pony up funds for a DNA database because it infringes on the offender’s privacy! I’m not suggesting we take DNA samples from those arrested and convicted of minor crimes (petty theft, drug possession), but countless rapes would be solved if we actually had a coordinated DNA database…(and the police actually gave a fk about testing)

      Given its liberalism, I would argue that the Canadian justice system is a lot worse than the American system with regards to leniency for violent males. Sexual predators will NEVER be rehabilitated. They’re a lost cause.

      There is no real sympathy for victims in the Canadian justice system. There’s lip service, but the truth is the Canadian justice system cares more about offender’s rights and protecting the bureaucracy than the rights of those who have been severely impacted by violent crime.