Shannon Fournier (she/her) grew up in Burlington, Ontario, before moving to Montreal and finally settling in Ottawa. Shannon holds an honours bachelor of social science with a double major in Criminology and Psychology and a graduate certificate in Victimology. Shannon is part of the World Society of Victimology and has participated in international victimology conferences in Croatia and India, where she has presented on sexual assault victimization in Canada.
Her first year of University in Montreal ended up being a life-changing experience, though not in the way she had anticipated. Shannon was the victim of a campus group sexual assault during frosh week, which set her on the path she is on today. After a long four-year criminal trial, Shannon learnt first-hand of all the deficiencies in the criminal justice system when it comes to victims’ rights and needs, and was subsequently inspired to advocate for better treatment for victims of gender and sexual based violence. In 2015, she founded Rise Up: an advocacy group for victims of sexual violence in Canada. Rise Up brings together politicians, advocates, academics, victims, and stakeholders to speak out about the injustices within the justice system and raise money to help fund victim services throughout Canada.
Shannon is very passionate about victim rights and is not afraid to speak out about the realities of the justice system. She has been featured in print, television, and radio for media outlets including: Flare Magazine, the Montreal Gazette, CBC News, Global News, the National with Peter Mansbridge, CTV News, Metro, CKCU FM, CHUO FM, and the Globe and Mail. She has also been a speaker at various events and participated in multiple panel discussions.