Silence is not created in a vacuum. Collectively, we create walls of silence that make crime invisible, allowing it to persist.
Doctoral Candidate, Sociological Criminology, Researcher, Educator
Guila Benchimol is a PhD candidate in Sociological Criminology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on sexual violence as well as on crimes committed in the Orthodox Jewish community by and against community members. Guila is a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar.
In their 1968 research into the bystander effect, Bibb Latané and John Darley explained that people who are alone will more likely intervene on someone's behalf over those who are with others. This is due to the "diffusion of responsibility" in which an individual's sense of responsibility is weakened or minimized by the presence of others.
04/12/2016 10:28 EDT
Many assumptions have been made about the contact that all three complainants initiated with Jian Ghomeshi following their alleged assaults, which they neglected to mention to the police or the Crown. Henein, Ghomeshi's counsel, has implied that this means the victims were never assaulted, a suggestion which both women deny. In sexual assault trials, evidence is often brought forth of victims communicating with the perpetrator or making statements that seem to downplay what went on. Such actions are in fact consistent with how victims often rationalize what was done to them.
02/11/2016 11:09 EST
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