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.
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.