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Mandi Gray


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Mandi Gray's debut book Suing for Silence: Sexual Violence and Defamation Law will be available March 1, 2024. 

Suing for Silence is a groundbreaking examination of how abusive men use defamation lawsuits as a weapon against anyone who attempts to hold them accountable. 

As Mandi Gray demonstrates, Canadian defamation law is being employed to silence survivors and advocates who speak out about sexual violence, perpetuating the myth that false allegations are common. Gray draws on media reports, courtroom observations, and interviews with silence breakers, activists, and lawyers from across Canada to examine the impact of so-called liar lawsuits on those who report or are thinking of reporting sexual violence, and on public discourse. Her meticulous work reveals the gendered underpinnings of defamation law, which has long protected men’s reputations at the expense of women’s sexual autonomy. 

Suing for Silence


I am available for speaking engagements on gendered violence. I am able to tailor my presentation to meet the learning objectives and knowledge of the audience. I blend personal experience with my academic research. 


I am available for media commentary about sexual and gendered violence. Areas of expertise include defamation lawsuits against people who have reported sexual violence, criminal sexual assault legal reform, campus sexual assault and prevention. 

Consulting and Research

I offer a range of consulting services including: research proposals, qualitative research, report writing and sensitivity reading for sexual violence. I have worked with academic researchers, healthcare services, and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes. 

My areas of expertise include: gendered violence, policy analysis, healthcare services, and qualitative research methods. 


I write for both academic and non-academic audiences. 

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

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September 21, 2023 - Guelph Take Back the Night!

March 20, 2024 - Suing for Silence - Calgary Book Launch - Shelf Life Books

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