Photo by Samuel Engelking (NOW TORONTO)

I am a creative activist, dynamic speaker, consultant & emerging sociologist


I am regularly booked for speaking engagements to share my unique perspective on sexual violence. I am able to tailor my presentation to meet the learning objectives and education of the audience. I have been invited to speak in university, law school, and high school classrooms, academic, government and not-for-profit conferences. I blend personal experience with my academic research. 


I am available for media commentary about sexual and gendered violence. Areas of expertise include legal reform, campus sexual assault and prevention. 

Consulting and Research

I have consulted on a number of projects including art projects, films, TV scripts, apps, and academic and community based research. I have also assisted with research proposals, conducting research, literature reviews, and project design. 

My areas of expertise include: legal responses to sexual violence, sexual assault on campus, ethnography and qualitative research methods. 


I write for both academic and non-academic audiences. I regularly write for NOW Toronto and am a contributor at the Robson Crim Legal Blog.

I have published in academic journals including Studies in Social Justice and Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research. 

Awards and Recognition: 

 Doctoral Fellow, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Scholarships (2017-2019)

North York Women's Shelter Gala Honorary Chair (2017)

Who is Mandi Gray? 

I am most well known for my work on sexual violence and as co-founder of the group Silence is Violence .  I am a regular media commentator on issues of sexual and gendered violence. have also been invited to make submissions on issues pertaining to sexual assault at all levels of government. 

My own experience of sexual violence and subsequent activism is highlighted in the 

 feature length documentary film Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial(Director: Kelly Showker, Hot Docs 2018 Official selection). I was also involved with the documentary as a writer and impact producer. The film is currently touring internationally and being shown at film festivals, community events, high schools, and university campuses. 


I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. I completed a Master's at York University in the Department of Sociology. I am currently in the upper-years of the PhD Program in Sociology at York. My research is currently supported by a Social Sciences and Human Research Council (SSHRC) Fellowship in support of my proposed doctoral research. My areas of expertise are socio-legal studies and critical sexuality studies. I have published in a number of peer reviewed journals and have presented my work at numerous national and international academic conferences. You can view select publications here. 


I am currently in the development stages of a creative non-fiction book on sexual violence. 

In 2016, I collected images of tattoos commemorating sexual assault, for 'Sexual Assault: The Roadshow' in partnership with Jane Doe and Dr. Deborah Davidson (York U)