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First complainant in Jian Ghomeshi rape trial goes public

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The first complainant in the high-profile trial of Canadian radio star Jian Ghomeshi, who was acquitted in March on several counts of sexual assault and choking to overcome resistance, has waived her right to a publication ban, in order to help other people come forward about sexual assault. “If I’m going to be an advocate for this, I can’t always be in the shadows,” said Linda Redgrave. “The whole system needs to be changed and made into a fair, even playing ground.”

Redgrave is one of dozens of women who claim to have been violently sexually assaulted by the famous radio host, which led to a highly publicized trial and nationwide debate over the prosecution of sexual assault in Canada. Redgrave, who alleges that during two separate sexual encounters Ghomeshi had pulled her hair and hit her in the head without her consent, was outraged at the decision of the jury and launched “comingforward.ca”, a website to help sexual assault survivors navigate the legal system and offer a support system, hoping to encourage others to come forward with their stories. “If we all just keep quiet and lick our wounds, no matter how bad and deep, nothing will change,” she said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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