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Lessons in Navigating Rape Culture with Mandi Gray

A yet-to-be-released film follows the Toronto activist through her experiences in the justice system after being raped by a fellow York University student.

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Karen P. Brown and Mandi Gray in Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. Photo via IMDB

Do you know what to do after being raped, or how to help a friend or family member after they have been? What resources are out there, what does the justice system look like? Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, which follows Toronto’s Mandi Gray and her experiences in the justice system after being raped, aims to answer these questions. On August 9, Another Jane Doe Productions hosted a private screening of the 70-minute feature-length documentary at CineCycle. The screening was to show the film to those who have worked on, appeared in, or donated toward it.

Writer and activist Jane Doe, who appears in the film and attended the screening, says, “Slut or Nut allows us into the personal, political, and legal journey of Mandi Gray, a woman who was raped, and chronicles her treatment by the police, her university, social media, and the justice system. Keep reading: Lessons in Navigating Rape Culture with Mandi Gray

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Highlights and Lowlights of SummerWorks 2017

This year's festival strived harder than usual for inclusiveness, accessibility and awareness.

Photo by Dahlia Katz, image courtesy Summerworks.

Photo by Dahlia Katz, image courtesy SummerWorks.

It has been a pretty garbage year so far with regards to glimpses into the soul of humanity. But there is something beautiful and sublime about managing—without even realizing it—to find oneself in moments that serve to remind that we’ve still achieved some progression as a society, even if only in its smaller corners. With that in mind, SummerWorks found ways to live up to its mission statement pretty brilliantly this year. Keep reading: Highlights and Lowlights of SummerWorks 2017

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Ontario Father Says Scientology Destroyed His Family; “We Didn’t Know What Was Going On”

Former members are speaking out in desperate pleas to reunite families.

Part one of two examining the roots and lingering grip of Scientology in Toronto 

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A billboard that was put up in Los Angeles, paid for by Phil and Willie Jones in hopes of reuniting with their children. The billboard is covered with pictures of Scientologists who have separated from their families. Photo courtesy of Phil Jones.

Phil Jones hasn’t spoken to his son or daughter in four years. The Ajax native now lives in Nevada to be closer to his children, who live in California—even though they refuse to have a relationship with him. That’s because Jones—once a devoted parishioner at the Church of Scientology in Toronto—decided to leave the Church and speak out against its policies and abuses.

Keep reading: Ontario Father Says Scientology Destroyed His Family; “We Didn’t Know What Was Going On”