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Unfounded: How the investigation is unfolding

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

In a 20-month-long investigation into how police handle sexual assault allegations, The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces. The findings expose deep flaws at every step of the process. Here are some key pieces from the investigation as it unfolded

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Quebec reviewing dismissed sex assaults after Globe investigation

Originally published: Thursday, FEB. 16, 2017

Quebec has launched a review of sexual-assault complaints dismissed as unfounded by provincial police and has promised an audit of police practices in other cities and towns.

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Ontario safety minister urges oversight in sex-assault reviews

Originally published: Tuesday, FEB. 14, 2017

Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety says she feels “very strongly” that police services should consider outside oversight of sexual-assault case files.

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Police detective cleared of misconduct in handling of sexual-assault case

Originally published: Sunday, FEB. 12, 2017

The London police detective who was placed under internal investigation for his handling of a 2010 sexual-assault complaint by a then-18-year-old Western University student has been cleared of professional misconduct, the woman at the centre of that case told The Globe and Mail.

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How do you fix a broken system?

Originally published: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

In Philadelphia, advocates are invited to review police sex assault files alongside high-ranking officers in search of deficiencies. Unfounded rates have plummeted and lawyers and advocates want to bring the model to Canada.

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Inside North Bay's struggle to change how they handle sexual assault cases

Originally published: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

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The police service knew it had a problem – and wanted to fix it. But with limited resources, an audit of its policy and procedures wasn’t possible. The situation is emblematic of the struggles small, cash-strapped police forces across the country are facing.

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National strategy for handling sex-assault cases in the works

Originally published: THURSDAY, FEB. 09, 2017

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Canada’s public safety ministers have started to lay the groundwork for a national strategy to deal with sexual-assault cases, to ensure police and prosecutors use a common set of practices in dealing with victims of sexual violence, The Globe and Mail has learned. The matter is expected to be discussed at the next meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of public safety later this year to develop a “pan-Canadian approach,” a federal official said.

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Public Safety Minister Goodale calls for review of sexual-assault cases across Canada

Originally published: TUESDAY, FEB. 07, 2017

Canada’s top law-enforcement official has implored police to reassess how they manage sex-assault complaints, as the country’s second-largest force joined several others in mounting a full-scale audit of every case closed as “unfounded”.

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Trudeau pledges action as police unite to reform sex-assault probes

Originally published: MONDAY, FEB. 06, 2017

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is prepared to play a key role addressing issues around how institutions deal with victims of sexual assault, as police services across the country announce reviews into how such cases are handled in the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation.

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Ontario's London police to launch review into handling of sex-assault cases

Originally published: SUNDAY, FEB. 05, 2017

Ontario’s London Police Service will conduct a sweeping review of how its officers handle sexual-assault allegations, an audit that will include probing hundreds of cases dating back to 2010 that were dismissed as unfounded – a police term that means the detective believes the complaint is baseless.

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The story behind The Globe's Unfounded series

Originally published: FRIDAY, FEB. 03, 2017

The making of an investigation: the shocking discovery that led to 20 months of work, scores of interviews and hundreds of freedom of information requests to police forces across the country.

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Will police believe you?

Originally published: FRIDAY, FEB. 03, 2017

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The Globe sent nearly 250 freedom of information requests to 178 police services to obtain confidential unfounded data from 1,119 police jurisdictions across the country. We received responses from 873 jurisdictions, which represent 92 per cent of the Canadian population.

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Unfounded: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

Originally published: FRIDAY, FEB. 03, 2017

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In a 20-month-long investigation into how police handle sexual assault allegations, The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces. The findings expose deep flaws at every step of the process.

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