"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, 5 December 2014

Principle and Exploitation

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Contraindicators":

"...I am appalled by how quickly and easily a person's life and reputation can be destroyed..."

To say nothing of the possible devastating effect on the lives of sexual assault victims

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 5 December 2014 00:47


Antonio Zerbiasis in an  interview with Steve Paikin on Ontario T.V. was calm and composed .Her  recall was virtually the same as Sheila Copps  interviewed  on Skype by  Peter Mansbridge.for CBC.

The women  had told no-one .They did not complain. For  the same reasons.   Feelings of shame, stupidity and responsibility.

They came forward to tell their story now to support other  women.

Neither claimed  I to be suffering  " devastating effect" from the experience fifty years after the fact.

In  request for a  name, Sheila responded the man had probably died already.  Antonio showed no more appetite  for retribution.

It seemed  neither had  interest in digging up the past  except to improve things in the future.

In Canada two strong women , with  status in their own right, gave a straightforward ,unemotional account of an episode in their lives  they had chosen not to speak of  until it seemed to be relevant in the public debate

In America, the issue is all about money and artifice.

I could not be more sure of the difference.


Anonymous said...

The big story will get all kinds of exposure. Any settlement will receive next to none. All that will remain will be in initial accusations & " outrage ".

Anonymous said...

*rolls eyes and shakes head*

Anonymous said...

Hey, the 1950s called and they want their attitudes back.

Anonymous said...

Judging from the complaints being filed from way back then, the attitudes [of everyone ?] must have left something to be desired.