knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sun Jan 10 09:55:25 MST 2016
More than once I began a message on this topic. It may be painful, but it is necessary that we address it.
Yes, we should denounce the anti-immigrant campaign that has sprung up around this. But that doesn't help us to determine what actually happened. I am dis-inclined to discount the testimony of hundreds of women. I do not think that they imagined the assaults.
I am glad to see the efforts to respond to the assaults with an alternative to the anti-immigrant campaign. A campaign against sexist violence will be all the more effective if it can involve the immigrant communities themselves.
This is written from a distance, but all of us who are working to bring in refugees will be confronted with this debate.
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