Jian Ghomeshi's 'Not Guilty' verdict sparks massive outcry of anger #IBelieveSurvivors
Earlier today, Horkins came to the conclusion that Ghomeshi was to be acquitted based on the fact that the women’s testimonies were inconsistent and "tainted by outright deception."
Throughout the trial, it was revealed that all three women had kept contact with Ghomeshi following the alleged assaults and had failed to mention this in their initial statements. As it turns out, one of the women had sent him a bikini photo a year after their encounter while another sent him an email saying she wanted to have sex. The third actually slept with Ghomeshi following the incident in question.
Ghomeshi's lawyer jumped on these facts to prove that the women’s testimonies were "so riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities and proven lies under oath that it cannot be said to prove anything."
The verdict sparked a massive outcry of anger and the trending hashtag #IBelieveSurvivors.
Tragically, our systems continue to put survivors of sexual assault on trial while their abusers and rapists go free. #IBelieveSurvivors— Janet Mock (@janetmock) March 24, 2016
Sexual assault is the only crime with this much scrutiny, doubt + shaming projected onto the survivor. How is this 2016? #IBelieveSurvivors— Sam Escobar (@myhairisblue) March 24, 2016
folks who have not experienced PTSD need to understand that "facts" of the trauma are almost impossible to portray #IBelieveSurvivors— adult mom (@adultmomband) March 24, 2016
Assault is never the victim's fault. Sickened that the bravery of these women was punished. This needs to stop. #IBelieveSurvivors— Kaitlyn Alexander (@realisticsay) March 24, 2016
Those women were assaulted and no matter how they reacted AFTER the fact doesn't change that. Such a sad day. #IBelieveSurvivors— John Catucci (@johncatucci) March 24, 2016
Judge in Ghomeshi trial called witness's behaviour "odd." Yup! When you've been sexually assaulted, things can seem "odd" #IBelieveSurvivors— DeAnne Smith (@DeAnne_Smith) March 24, 2016
And you wonder why women do not come forward after abuse. #IBelieveSurvivors— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) March 24, 2016
Remember, not guilty does not mean innocent. #IBelieveSurvivors— Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) March 24, 2016
What do you think of the decision?