About the Title

The term the ‘Ghomeshi effect’ was coined two years ago and has been used by several newspapers (The Vancouver Sun, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Now Toronto, The Walrus, Maclean’s Magazine, and Salon) to describe the phenomenon that Jian Ghomeshi’s trial has inspired: namely that people are now speaking regularly and openly about sexual violence, particularly how it is handled in the legal system.

The term adequately describes the content of this play, which will present multiple perspectives on the topic of sexual violence and the legal system in hopes of encouraging discussion and critical thought around this very challenging subject.

The performance itself is not about Jian Ghomeshi and does not his trial, but rather focuses on the stories of other individuals in Canada who have had a variety of experiences, both positive and negative, with the legal system.