It has been a tough couple of weeks for survivors of rape and other victims of sexual violence and abuse of all kinds. The #MeToo hashtag has allowed many to come forward with their own experience of abuse. Many others have chosen, for very legitimate and personal reasons, not to come forward with their own experiences. Those are troubled times and what we have been learning — or rather have seen confirmed — is that almost every woman has had to deal with such experiences.
Is there a responsibility for women holding positions of power and authority to come out as victims if they had to deal with any kind of sexual abuse? That is an interesting question and certainly not an easy one to answer. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina took that step here.