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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blacklist This

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 4:00 AM

I understand the need for protection for victims of sexual assault and the need for a safe space in the music community. I also understand that in the wake of the (disgusting) Ghomeshi trial verdict, that there is momentum for these women to be heard. I am in full favour of all of that.

I am not in favour of secret vigilante justice. I am not in favour of ‘blacklists’ that potentially ruin innocent peoples lives. There is a reason we have a justice system and don’t let vigilantes run amok. Because people will act based on hearsay and rumours, not on facts. I understand that the justice system thus far has not been satisfactory in the treatment of these cases. The response to this should be to work towards fixing our justice system so that these people are heard and respected. To open discussion, to act with actual justice.

Like many women, I too have been a target of sexual assault. I do not wish my perpetrators harm. And I certainly would not wish any of them to be submitted to any punishment without trial, or without knowledge of what they are accused of, by whom.

Can we please stop with all the secrecy, the back-stabbing, the blacklisting targeted musicians and just talk already? —The girl who "doesn't even go here"

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