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The Preludes to Assaults

A poignant post.

Gomeshi was arrested while I was working on the final edits of my third novel, which dealt with, among other things, sexual assault involving a high-profile victim and perpetrator.

When the Gomeshi scandal broke, it chilled me to see how closely life can mimic art. I’d never heard of Jian Gomeshi before the CBC fired him, but I was no stranger to men who believe they’re entitled to take what they want from women without consent.

Thank God for the honourable men who stand up for women and for the courageous women who speak up about this. Silence is the abuser’s conspirator.

Jane Eaton Hamilton

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Jian Ghomeshi, you [redacted]. I don’t know you very well, but I know this: one night in early 2004, after I’d been awarded a writing prize in Ottawa, you followed me to a side room annexed to the main hall, where I’d gone to get away from the crowds, and while my (then) wife was in the bathroom or off getting another drink, I’m not sure, you put your hand on me. That hand. One of the very hands that is being discussed in court this week. You closed the distance between us and you massaged my shoulder/neck while talking to me about how I needed to relieve the stress of my big win. Eventually my (then) wife returned, you dropped your hand (that hand), and we chatted politely while you bashed the Rockies, BC and, in…

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