Photos from Friday's We Believe Survivors rally

Meghan Tansey-Whitton captures protest at the Provincial Courthouse

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Meghan Tansey Whitton

Last Friday, in the wake of the verdict that found defamed CBC host Jian Ghomeshi 'not guilty' of sexual assault, the Mount Saint Vincent University Feminist Collective organized a rally outside of the Nova Scotia Provincial Courthouse to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault in Canada. 

"It was definitely a very emotional afternoon that was overwhelming and powerful," writes  Carole Rankin in an email. Rankin was one of a few dozen attendees who gathered or spoke about occurrences of sexual assault, and the social difficulties inherent in prosecuting such crimes.  "People told really personal stories and there was a really strong connection between everyone there. People were able to voice their frustrations and get support and encouragement from the group. Most of the speakers made a point of saying they weren’t surprised by the Ghomeshi verdict but I think we were all hoping that this time maybe things would be different and maybe we would have seen some justice." 

Coast photographer Meghan Tansey Whitton captured the rally, below. #WeBelieveSurvivors.

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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
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Meghan Tansey Whitton
click to enlarge MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON
Meghan Tansey Whitton

Tomorrow night, there is a Safe Harbour Community Gathering at the Company House (2202 Gottingen Street, 5pm-7pm) hosted by poet and educator Sue Goyette. For those seeking support, MSVUFC reminds people to contact the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and others.

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