Kathryn Borel issues statement on Ghomeshi peace bond settlement:

“Up until recently, I didn’t even internalize that what he was doing to my body was sexual assault. Because when I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that yes, he could do this, and yes, it was my job to let him. The relentless message to me, from my celebrity boss and the national institution we worked for were that his whims were more important than my humanity or my dignity. So I came to accept this. I came to believe it was his right. But when I spoke to the police at the end of 2014, and detailed my experiences with Mr. Ghomeshi, they confirmed to me what he did to me was, in fact, sexual assault…

In a perfect world, people who commit sexual assaults would be convicted for their crimes. Jian Ghomeshi is guilty of having done the things that I’ve outlined today. So when it was presented to me that the defence would be offering us an apology, I was prepared to forego the trial. It seemed like the clearest path to the truth. A trial would have maintained his lie, the lie that he was not guilty, and it would have further subjected me to the very same pattern of abuse that I’m currently trying to stop.”

Jian Ghomeshi apologizes in court to Kathryn Borel for sexually assaulting her. CBC also apologizes to Borel over handling of Ghomeshi complaints.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop releases sex issue, which includes a list of suggested sex toy purchases, totaling over $17,000. With classy products, such as whips, paddles, and restraints, Goop paints the picture of refined sexual violence à la Christian Grey.

“Thinking Differently: Feminists questioning gender politics” conference to be held in London in July.

Vancouver Rape Relief’s annual Walkathon is coming up! Consider supporting their fundraising efforts.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.