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Re: “Making a Safe Harbour to talk about the Jian Ghomeshi verdict

The legal system is not there to be counsellors to those in pain. Those critical of the legal process would be good to remember that not all people who claim to be victimized actually have been.

I have known a woman who was falsely accused of assaulting a young boy. I have also known a man I worked closely with be accused-however there was never a time they were alone. As educators both men and women are in a position of trust and are also at higher risk of being accused.

The only thing that is hurting any future victims from coming forward is the amount of people making false accusations. They are the ones creating the distrust you speak of...I speak as a survivor of sexual assault, an educator and as a witness in two court cases. those cases involved students falsely accusing teachers (One eventually admitted this-the other case dropped by prosecutors after taking statements).

Please share your stories in a safe harbour...but remember the legal system is there to protect against being found guilty by an angry mob without facts. Imagine...at Dalhousie...there was one man lumped in with all the other accused from the dentistry department. But he had not said or done the same and was not charged. If we build a system where all it takes is for an accusation to be made...then we are all at risk. Someone somewhere will abuse this. I am more scared of a world like that than of discussing private details or being "re-traumatized" in a court of law. Especially since this is exactly what is happening to the accused.

What we need is an education system that discusses sexuality and relationships at early ages. This would create a generation of children less likely to be abusive or in abusive relationships. What we need are services to counsel and empower victims...so they become survivors and strong enough not to allow themselves to be revictimized.

What we don't need are over-reactive one-sided lynch mobs creating legislation. Remember...it could be you, your brothers, fathers, sisters, mothers....if you are close to the accused...do you #blindlybeleivethevictims?

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Posted by JF 1 on 03/30/2016 at 2:21 PM

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