AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published October 21, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Chronicle Herald
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This commentary was written in response to receiving a long letter from an old friend who wanted me to know that he remembered several #MeToo moments between us in high school. He had acted inappropriately and wanted to own up to his actions. I was blown away that he would do this. As I explain in the piece, he didn't need to. He could have continued to quietly live his life, pretending he didn't remember the events. Never making amends. I felt it was important to let readers know that there IS redemption for men and boys who've made poor choices because they, like women, have been affected by the pervasive sexism in our society. I asked his permission to share parts of the letter. He agreed and I wrote the commentary. It felt like a positive step. A way forward. And it was unique in the milieu of court and other #MeToo coverage this fall involving men who were failing to own up to their actions. The piece was popular and shared widely, I think because of this uniqueness of its message. I was interviewed about the commentary for national radio (As It Happens) and regional publications in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

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There was no in depth research or interviewing required to complete this commentary. But I believe strongly that it's worth noting: I am a freelancer; I don't have a salary or benefits. I have my computer and my brain, and I do what I can, with limited remuneration and zero stability. This piece was difficult to write because it required me to open up about my own experiences with assault and sexual assault. And, let's face it, to know that I would receive a raft of negative mail for doing so. It's a risk I am glad I took to write this piece.

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