On Jian Ghomeshi and Violence Against Women: Where Do We Go From Here?

stopviolenceFor Elle Beaver, I wrote about what comes next – hopefully, if we do it right, the response to Jian Ghomeshi will help us become a safer society for the voices of women: But for the rest of us, where do we go from here? Because, as so many of us are already aware – this is not an extraordinary situation. The reaction to these women is one we see daily, daily, daily. The seabed of intimidation and violence after the allegations of assault and against almost all women who dare challenge a man on these grounds are so very real. For less than 0.02% of the tip of the iceberg, take a look at Lindsay Armstrong, Rehtaeh Parsons, Steubenville High School, and Daisy Coleman. This is not an isolated incident. This is rape culture. This is the culture that we live in. This is a culture where for the past decade at least, there have been hushed stories and whispered conversations about Jian. A culture where, when the story broke – so many voices claimed they “knew” about this for years. This is a culture that allowed that to go on.

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