The Feminist Attorney
Delivering Tangible Change
Delivering Justice For Those Who Need It
Dr Ann Olivarius KC (Hon) OBE is an international feminist attorney delivering justice for those who need it.
Ann’s career spans more than four decades of landmark cases, from human rights abuses to racial and gender discrimination, sexual assault and rape. Her goal is to bring dignity to those who have been harmed, to find fairness and wholeness for survivors.
Ann’s work, on both sides of the Atlantic, proves that powerful abusers and wrongdoers can be held accountable to the individuals they have harmed.
A Case That Changed History
As one of the originators of the term “date rape,” Ann has been fighting on the feminist front lines since she helped steer the pivotal Alexander v. Yale case to a historic ruling when she was 21 and still a university student.
Her work on this case led to the courts finding that the sexual harassment of female students was illegal, so that universities and schools had an obligation to combat this abuse. The case marks its 45th anniversary in 2022 and it has changed the legal landscape throughout the world, making education safer and more welcoming for women and all students.
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survivors of child abuse were helped by Ann in just Britain
Today, Ann is creating a community for survivors who have experienced sexual violence as an adult – encouraging them to name their perpetrators and to heal. Ann has recently named her own rapist, Dr. Calvin Hirsch, and posted her story online as an example for others to do the same. If we all name our rapists and abusers, however difficult that sometimes is, they can be brought to account, and they and other potential rapists will be deterred from committing further rapes.
Ann is building a community of survivors from academia and business, public service and nonprofits, the law and all other walks of life, who want to use their expertise and voices to advocate for survivors and for meaningful change in the law which now rarely takes rape seriously.
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A lawyer who has adviced me well and who has courageously advanced the cause of justice, and improved life opportunities, for hundreds of millions of women, blacks and disadvantaged, worldwide.
It was such a weight off our shoulders; suddenly somebody else with a lot more experience was managing the case.
I will always be grateful for your unwavering support of me. Equally, I will always be thankful for showing me how to find my voice and strength.
I wish I could fully express how grateful I am.
The joy of getting to know you, working with your team and feeling like a part of your family will never escape me. Your collective kindness, brilliance and friendship are part of the fabric of who I am today.
I am a domestic violence victim.
Thank you for speaking out about your abuser. I am so sincerely hoping to see change come to sexual assault and domestic violence cases.
I want to thank you for your courage in naming the person who assaulted you, the authorities who failed you, and the systemic and personal failures that means he could get away with it. Naming and shaming is another way to move behavioural norms and make perpetrators see there can be consequences. I hope you personally find healing, and I wish you continued strength in your advocacy for women.
I just wanted to write to thank Ann Olivarius for so openly discussing her rape by Calvin Hirsch. I’m struggling to find the words to do her work justice and to properly express the gratitude I feel to have someone like Ann fighting for survivors on her own behalf and theirs. Ann, you’re an inspiration.
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