You’ve probably been thinking that Jian Ghomeshi is one mean piece of work for some time. From choking and punching women to that creepy teddy bear, he’s been the monster parents warn their daughters about since news of his private life broke.
CBC fired him, society shunned him and, not the least of his worries, he was criminally charged with four counts of sexual assault, and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
If you’ve been following the trial, you know that the complainants have been skewered on the witness stand for — among other things — continuing romantically with Ghomeshi after the alleged assaults (it seems at least two of the women energetically pursued him), collaborating with each other in the months leading up to the trial and deliberately misleading police.
Ghomeshi admitted “rough sex”, but has claimed it was all consensual.
I’m not a lawyer and so I’m not going to pretend I know whether Ghomeshi is guilty. What I do know is this trial, however it ends, will almost certainly make women who are victims of sexual violence think twice before reporting it.
Women have always been made to feel they’re the guilty parties during sexual assault trials, so this is only going to exacerbate those fears.
And, yes, some women lie and some men are wrongly accused, so a thorough investigation of facts is always required.
But this is a showcase trial millions are watching. Three out of three accusers have been made to appear both love struck and vengeful on the stand.
Regardless of the outcome, someone is going to get hurt because of it.