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Jian Ghomeshi and the bystander effect

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With the news that Jian Ghomeshi was booted from the CBC, everyone I knew had feelings. I've spent the last week fielding questions and comments from people, ranging from "What exactly is BDSM?" to "How could someone so beloved have done this?"

But for me, there was only one burning question: How did he get away with it for so long?

Countless times over the past week, I've been asked whether I was shocked to hear that such an "icon" could have been accused of such heinous acts and the truth is that I wasn't the least bit surprised.


Antonia Zerbisias: How #BeenRapedNeverReported became a movement

Photo: flickr/Pabak Sarkar

I am not sure what it was that pushed me to tweet three deeply personal memories that I had never shared with anyone, let alone the millions on social media.

But in the early evening of Thursday, October 30, that's what I did, almost casually tossing them off, as if I were snarking about the Oscars or the Harper government.



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November is Women Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario. The Shine the Light campaign is focused on building awareness engaging people in breaking the silence and encouraging all communities to speak out.

Why women don't report rape and sexual assault

November 2, 2014
| In the past week, thousands of women have shared their experiences of rape on Twitter. The hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported says it all. Ariana Barer talks about why it's still so hard to report rape.
Length: 15:30 minutes (14.2 MB)

Survivors need support now: A statement from one rape crisis centre

Photo: flickr/Karen Elliot

Editor’s note: As the number of women coming forward with allegations against Jian Ghomeshi rises and media coverage continues, it is important to remember that media coverage of the allegations is both important and may cause distress to survivors of sexual assault.

Many articles have been written wondering why people who are assaulted would not come forward to the police in the hope of being helped or stopping a perpetrator. In response, people have been tweeting their experience using the hashtag #beenrapedneverreported.


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