Thursday, December 3, 1998

p. B8.

Jane Doe is magazine's woman of the year

Jane Doe, the woman who took on the Toronto police and Canada's legal system, has been named Chatelaine's 1998 Woman of the Year.

Doe sued police for failing to warn women in downtown Toronto that a serial rapist was in their neighborhood.

The article does not give Doe's real name, and she is not pictured.

Earlier this year, Doe won a 12-year battle that ended with a judge declaring that police had been "utterly negligent."

The judge lambasted Toronto police for using women as bait to catch the so-called Balcony Rapist, who operated in the Church and Wellesley Sts. area in the mid-1980s.

Doe, now in her early 40s, was raped in 1986 by Paul Douglas Callow, who pleaded guilty to a series of rapes and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"Jane Doe is Canada's most influential critic of the way police treat sexual assault," said Chatelaine editor Rona Maynard.

"Balcony Rapist" case... [Fiona Stewart]

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