Dewar rejected his defence but said aspects of it could be considered in sentencing.
Prosecutors had asked for a three-year sentence, but Dewar gave Rhodes a conditional or suspended sentence, and ordered him to write a letter of apology to his victim.
I very much regret that as well." Alberta Chief Justice Neil Wittmann, who reviewed the complaints against Dewar, said Dewar's comments "showed a clear lack of sensitivity towards victims of sexual assault" but do not merit his removal from the bench.
According to the judicial council, Dewar has met with a "gender equality" expert and is "pursuing further professional development in this area as part of his commitment to become a better judge." The Manitoba Court of Appeal later overturned Rhodes' conviction and ordered a new trial be set.
On January 24, 2011, Toronto Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti and another officer from 31 Division spoke on crime prevention, addressing the issue of campus rape at a York University safety forum at Osgoode Hall Law School.Politicians of all stripes joined student and feminist groups and those who work with sexual assault victims in decrying the comments.University of Winnipeg politics professor Shannon Sampert said this is the collateral damage that occurs when you have poorly trained judges in the system."The comment that was made by Officer Sanguinetti comes from a place where sexual profiling and victim blaming is inherent and a large trait and we’d like that changed," Barnett said, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said cautioning women on their state of dress is not part of any police training.
"In fact, this is completely contradictory to what officers are taught," she said.
The apology was attached to an email distributed to the Osgoode community by law school dean Lorne Sossin who said they've been told the officer "is being disciplined and will be provided with further professional training." We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result.