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Kelowna, B.C. advocacy groups react to Jake Virtanen verdict – Okanagan
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Kelowna, B.C. advocacy groups react to Jake Virtanen verdict – Okanagan

Thousands of people followed the trial of Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen and the verdict on Tuesday where he was found not guilty of sexual assault. Local advocates say high-profile trials like this can make it harder for women to come forward with allegations.“If you’re looking for justice, the justice system might not be the way to get it,” said Allison Mclauchlan, executive director of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.Mclauchlan says women who have experienced sexual violence watch how the trials play out and sometimes it discourages them to share their stories.“They’re paying attention to see what people are saying, how the lawyers are defending or prosecutor, and they’re paying close attention,” Mclauchlan said.“It will have an impact, it absolutely will.” Story c...
Former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen found not guilty of sexual assault
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Former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen found not guilty of sexual assault

WARNING: Some readers may find details in this story disturbing. Discretion is advised. A jury has found former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault after a week-long trial.Virtanen was charged with one count of sexual assault following an investigation into an incident that occurred on Sept. 26, 2017. The Abbotsford, B.C., native was playing for the Canucks at the time.In May 2021, Vancouver police launched their investigation after a 23-year-old woman filed a complaint. She was 18 years old at the time of the alleged incident. Read more: Jury begins deliberations in former Canuck Jake Virtanen sex assault trial The woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, testified during the trial she verbally and physically res...