The Canadian woman who is accused of driving drunk in Toronto and later pleading guilty to impaired driving says she wants to be known as a victim and wants to help others who may be suffering from the same trauma.
Diane Soubry, 55, says she has struggled with the trauma of the past year.
She has suffered a severe anxiety disorder since her arrest in November 2016, she says, and she has attempted suicide twice.
But Souby is also the face of the Canadian women’s advocacy group NOW, which has helped more than 50 women get their drivers’ licences restored and now advocates for other women.
Soubry was also charged in November with driving under the influence in an accident in Montreal that left another woman dead.
Somewhat ironically, the woman who died in the accident was also a friend of Soubys, who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.
Her plea was overturned by a judge who ruled that the woman had not shown a propensity to drink or drive.
“I’m not going to say I’m a bad person,” she told The Globe and Mail in an interview this week.
“I’ve always had problems with alcohol, but I have to take responsibility for what I did.
Souby said the guilt over the accident had also affected her family.
“It really affected my mother.
She lost her daughter and her partner, and that affected her as well.
She was devastated,” she said.”
And her husband and my father were devastated.
My dad, for example, had to move out of the house because she was so upset and scared.
He was really in a dark place.”
Souffre has been working with NOW since 2013, when she was in her mid-30s.
She began by writing for the magazine and then became an activist for women’s rights and criminal justice reform, working with various groups including the Canadian Association for Equality.
“She really became an advocate for women,” NOW president Donna DeSantis said.
Soufe said she was a victim of domestic violence herself, and her father told her that she should not have had a driver’s licence.
“My father was in the military, and he was the person who got me into the military.
And when he was away in Iraq and Afghanistan, I was very vulnerable and had nowhere to go,” she recalled.”
So he had me sign my licence and everything.
And I didn’t want to sign it because it said, ‘You must have been abused, and I am sorry for that.'”
It was such a huge shame for me.
It was such an insult.
But I felt I had to do something.
“She decided to go to NOW after meeting a woman who was getting her licence restored after a domestic violence case, and after a second case of impaired driving.”
I don’t want anyone to feel that way about me.'””
But she was really strong and I was like, ‘Wow, this is real.
I don’t want anyone to feel that way about me.'”
Soubys said the magazine has been a source of support for her since her first arrest.
“The support from the media, the support from people in the community, it’s really been a huge source of inspiration,” she added.SOUFFRE was in Toronto to give a lecture on domestic violence and criminal law in November at the Canadian National University, when a driver who she had previously met while working as a teacher crashed into her car.
Sobbing, Souffres said she had not slept in weeks, and the driver who struck her had to be taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Soufre was released from hospital, and returned to the University of Toronto.
The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.
But after the crash, the man who had driven her car had to undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation.
Sougres said her lawyer advised her to stay in the university, where she could avoid the media attention and potentially face more jail time.
“He said, I’ve got to get you out of there.
And that was the last straw for me,” she explained.”
They’re just going to keep trying to discredit me and put me in jail for two years.
And then I’m just not going anywhere.
She said she has also written to the government about domestic violence, and has also spoken to several people from the community who she has met through NOW.””
Then I was able to get my licence back and start working on this advocacy work.”
She said she has also written to the government about domestic violence, and has also spoken to several people from the community who she has met through NOW.
“Women’s advocates have to really be strong to really change the culture and the way that the justice system is working for them.
I think it’s a huge part of the problem.”SOUUFFRE said she wants the Canadian government to