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The Many Trials of One Jane Doe (2002)

| Drama | TV Movie 2002
Based on a true story about an extraordinary woman, who after a traumatizing rape, refuses to remain a victim. Wendy Crewson stars as Jane Doe (as she must legally be called), a woman who ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Ciccoritti

Writer:

Karen Walton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Jane Doe
Steven Mackintosh ... Sean Dewart
Sarah Constible ... Cynthia Petersen
Jacob Tierney ... Eric Golden
Gary Lewis ... Jeremy Sharp
Eric Peterson ... Dr. Daniels
Jonathan Whittaker ... Jim Hodgeson
Kris Holden-Ried ... Harold Beckwith (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Janet Bailey Janet Bailey ... Cheri
Matt Cooke Matt Cooke ... Detective James Barry
Rick Skene ... Detective Number 1
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Detective Number 2
Brian Drader Brian Drader ... Dr. Vincent Demarco
Lora Schroeder Lora Schroeder ... Jane Doe #2
Robert Huculak Robert Huculak ... Voice ID Guy (as Bob Huculak)
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Based on a true story about an extraordinary woman, who after a traumatizing rape, refuses to remain a victim. Wendy Crewson stars as Jane Doe (as she must legally be called), a woman who discovers she was the fifth victim of a serial rapist terrorizing a two-block area surrounding her home. When she learns that the police department was aware of this dangerous criminal yet decided not to issue a public warning, she feels that she and all the women in the neighbourhood were offered up as bait. Driven to take action, she investigates not only her own case, but also police procedures with regard to rape and its victims, and is shocked by what she discovers: a legal system that is sexist and uncaring. It is then that she decides to take on the Toronto Police Department. What follows for Jane Doe is a grueling 10-year legal battle, which becomes vicious, all-consuming and personal.

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Drama

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Jane Doe per See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Excellent, emotionally intense
18 June 2003 | by indiomarySee all my reviews

I run two rape crisis and treatment centers in southern California. I would like to think that Jane's treatment by police was just a Canadian problem, or a problem that resolved as we moved into the new millennium. Unfortunately, that is not true. While there are enlightened police agencies, and enlightened officers within other agencies, law enforcement and court response to rape survivors in 2003 is far less than ideal. If a woman is not beaten, battered, or bruised, the "injury" to her is viewed as minimal. Heaven forbid that she is raped by someone she knew. In that case, it is most certainly her own fault. We are fighting a long, slow uphill battle both for the compassionate treatment of sexual assault survivors in the criminal justice system, and for the ultimate end of sexual abuse of women and children in American society. Jane Doe's courage and commitment have contributed towards improvement in the treatment of survivors. If we cannot convince law enforcement officers and administrators to treat survivors with respect, fairness and caring because it is the RIGHT thing to do, perhaps we can convince them through their pocketbooks.


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