Ottawa woman sexually assaulted by Jacob Hoggard says she prayed not to wake up the day after

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Ottawa woman sexually assaulted by Jacob Hoggard says she prayed not to wake up the day after
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An Ottawa woman who was sexually assaulted by Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard nearly six years ago says she was “never the same” after that day.

In an emotional address to a Toronto courtroom this morning, the woman said the November 2016 incident robbed her of her confidence, her dreams, and aspirations, and kept her from living her 20s as most other people do.

Instead, she said she cried herself to sleep and prayed not to wake up the next day — something she said still happens six years later.

Ottawa woman sexually assaulted by Jacob Hoggard says she prayed not to wake up the day after

The Ottawa woman spoke on the first day of Hoggard’s sentencing hearing. The Crown says it will seek a sentence of six to seven years. The woman is suing Hoggard for $2.8 million.

The lawsuit, dated Oct. 3, 2022, was filed with Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice. The statement of claim says that the woman suffered damages and losses as a direct result of the encounter with the Hedley frontman.

Some of the cited losses include a negative impact on her physical and mental health, an inability to finish high school and earn an income, and the impairment of her ability to develop normal relationships.

Hoggard’s criminal lawyer referred to the lawsuit during the sentencing hearing Friday, noting he has not yet been served with the document. A statement of defense has not yet been filed.

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A jury found Hoggard, born and raised in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm in June.

The incident took place in a Toronto hotel room in 2016. Hoggard is in court Thursday for the sentencing hearing.

But jurors found him not guilty of the same offense against a teenage fan. Neither woman can be identified under a publication ban.

Hoggard, 38, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm — one related to each complainant — and one count of sexual interference, a charge that refers to the sexual touching of someone under 16.

During the trial, Crown prosecutors alleged Hoggard repeatedly raped the two complainants in separate incidents in the fall of 2016.

They also alleged he groped the teen after a Hedley concert in April 2016, when she was 15.

The defense argued that the groping never happened and that Hoggard had consensual sex with each of the complainants.


Support is available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Ending Violence Association of Canada database. ​​

If you’re in immediate danger or fear for your safety or that of others around you, please call 911.


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