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We need to be vigilant about the way the media reports on MMIW

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A new report shows new statistics on the total number of cases of MMIW and how disproportionate they are to cases involving non-Aboriginal victims. However, media chose to report this differently.

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Victim-blaming in coverage of RCMP report on MMIW

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On May 16, the RCMP released a 22-page "national operational overview" on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The most valuable thing in the report are new statistics showing the total number of cases and how disproportionate they are to cases involving non-Aboriginal victims.

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Systemic sexism and the death of Amanda Todd

Talking about the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, it's tempting to look for quick answers, to condemn the technology she was using, to believe we can prevent future Amandas from making the same choice by speaking out against "bullying."

But calling it "bullying" or even "cyberbullying" doesn't do it justice. "Bullying" erases specific social factors and makes it seem like something that you age out of. Adding the "cyber" prefix doesn't necessarily make it more accurate. Technology was a catalyst, but webcams, cellphones and the Internet aren't the key to understanding what happened to Amanda; systemic sexism was.

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