As MPs and staffers come forward with sexual assault allegations and party leaders struggle to handle them with compassion and fairness, we're also given a glimpse into a world that isn't special at all, because it's all around us. If it can happen in the context of MPs from different parties on Parliament Hill, it can happen anywhere. So before this becomes any more of a political side-show, we should strive to focus on how although a public case of MPs allegedly being assaulted on the Hill is unusual, the violence is anything but.
We analyzed a random selection of 100 of the 20,000 unique responses to Ghomeshi's Facebook posting, as well as the 30 unique responses to Jesse Brown's first Twitter posting of his co-authored Star article. What follows is a first-step reasonable qualitative analysis of what was said as this story broke -- and the trends are clear.