Rally & March Ghomeshi Verdict: We Believe Survivors
On Thursday, March 24th, the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial will be delivered. Join us in solidarity to support the women who bravely testified, the countless others who could not to go to the police, and people who have lived through sexual violence in our communities. Let’s create a space to remind ourselves and others impacted by sexual violence that we believe, support, and love survivors.
This trial highlights a criminal justice system that is in need of deep reform in order to create actual justice and that we live in a culture that spends more time focusing on what a survivor does after they are assaulted ratherthan why abusers commit violence. The statistics say it all: about 0.5 per cent of sex assaults result in court proceedings, with 0.2 per cent ending in convictions. We want to end survivor shaming and victim blaming myths embedded in systems. Let’s celebrate all the ways we resist and seek justice.
No matter the outcome of the trial, we support people who have lived through violence. While the verdict will be delivered earlier in the day, we recognize that most people work 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and want to welcome as many supporters as possible. This is a family friendly event, everyone is welcomed.
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: Old City Hall 60 Queen Street West
Rally and march to Toronto Police Headquarters
5:30 p.m. Arrival
6:00 p.m. Rally begins with performance and speeches
6:30 p.m. March starts – route TBD
*If you are interested in being a marshal for the march please contact Centre for Women and Trans People firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be holding a marshal training on Monday, March 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
*Banner Making at Ryerson SCC 2nd Floor Lobby, Tuesday, March 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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If you are a organization that wants to endorse, support, sponsor (i.e. tokens for folks to attend) the march please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org