I wrestled with the idea of writing yet another December 6th post. When I worked for uniondom, the copy-paste platitudes we posted every year on this date and many others really frustrated ?me. And yet here I was contemplating the same thing. And I think I decided that I would post something until the problem of male violence is fixed. And it’s not fixed.
I know this because:
- Just this morning a man in Kingston murdered his wife.
- The inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women is turning into a train wreck and no one seems to be fixing it.
- Basil Borutski — who today will be sentenced for murdering three women in 2015 — had many incidents of misogynist violence on his record?but no one did anything effective to stop him or protect the women he beat and threatened.
- I continually see women being trolled, abused and threatened online with such verbal abuse that I cringe at the thought of encountering these men in real life.
- There’s no more space for names on the Ottawa Women’s Monument in Minto Park. Planners never imagined they would need so much space to inscribe the names of women murdered by men they knew.
I am heartened that this year the #MeToo movement on Twitter shed light on some powerful men and the damage they did to women they encountered. But there really needs to be a movement for everyday women to gain justice against everyday male harassers and attackers. When you see how few men accused of sexual assault ever actually face justice, it’s pretty clear to me that the courts aren’t it.
So here you have it. A set of words to warn against the misogynist violence that took the lives of fourteen young women in Montréal on this day in 1989 and to recommit myself to being part of the effort to end male violence against women. It’s not a lot but it’s one more URL against the troll-o-sphere.