Thanks to Ghomeshi, every time I hear someone say that so-and-so is a "great guy" ... I question it ... and a little part of me doubts it.
This whole case is shocking to me. The ball was dropped, hidden, and swept under the rug so many times it's a wonder it still rolls right.
Good job society of faithful prayer warriors. While we were watching the injustices going on overseas, a man in a position of some influence and yes ... authority has been smacking women in private, and smiling bashfully and innocently in the public and media spotlight.
This particular blog post centers on the victim as female, but that in no way suggests that this kind of sick abuse only happens to the one sex. Women's rights have slid backwards, they really have but even more I think Human Rights have gone backwards.
I mean . . . . . .
In what universe did Western University NOT have an obligation to share the knowledge that Jian treated female interns inappropriately?
In what universe did the head of CBC, who KNEW about Ghomeshi's disrespect for women NOT have an obligation to forewarn every single female employee who has to come in contact with him?
Ball swept under rug.
In what universe do SO MANY women get treated SO POORLY and not feel safe to tell authorities?
Ball hidden for the sake of self-preservation.
In this universe.
How sad is that?
That cannot be.
Don't let this die People ... I implore you.
Use the words and the tears and the experiences shared by so many others in recent weeks, to stay alert to mistreatment of others.
Too many of us will defend someone else long before we'll defend ourselves.
We as a society must demand better of one another. We have to start caring more about each other.
We need to be better humans.
That reminds me though that of course, some organizations are demanding better. One such organization that I can think of right now, is the OHL Hockey organizations who help mold these young players into good humans.
Recently, two OHL players were faced with 15 game suspensions for derogatory and sexist comments made regarding females on a facebook page. The action was described HERE as unprecedented.
So there you go ... in 2014 Canada, the Ontario Hockey League takes sexism, harassment, and verbal abuse more seriously than the CBC.
You can watch Heather Conway, the CBC's Head of English programming being interviewed about CBC's role in the Ghomeshi scandal by Peter Mansbridge HERE and HERE
Yes yes yes .... they did pick up the ball and slam dunk Ghomeshi off of his platform ... and off of his high horse.
But how many women were smacked, verbally abused, and/or intimidated by Ghomeshi over the past two years or more that people knew, wondered, suspected?
How many cases of mental scarring, emotional scarring, situational anxiety, or post traumatic stress disorder have been inflicted on how many women? How many men?
That shit doesn't go away you know. I tear up as I type this, because my experience scarred the eff out of me, and I got out physically unscathed.
But mentally ... well ... that's a whole other thing isn't it?
More than once, the CBC's exec states that she doesn't feel it was their place to call authorities about the evidence they received.
It's that that we must change.
Don't you think?