We Heart: HuffPost Canada’s Tribute to Rape Survivors

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On Sunday, The Huffington Post Canada offered up a haunting tribute to rape survivors. Using tweets shared with the trending hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, HuffPost filled its landing page and the front page of its Living section with truth-telling revelations.

The hashtag was created by former Toronto Star reporter Antonia Zerbisias and Montreal Gazette writer Sue Montgomery in support of women—including Canadian actor Lucy DeCoutere—who have come out as victims of abuse by now-fired CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Zerbisias first tweeted on Thursday, “ And yes, I’ve been raped (more than once) and never reported it. .”

Survivors shared harrowing and brave stories all weekend on Twitter:

The Huffington Post Canada’s tribute, pictured above, used tweets to drive home the point that reporting to police isn’t always a safe option for survivors. HuffPost editor Lisa Yeung wrote,

Words previously unspoken out of fear or shame must not be ignored, whether one or thousands speak them at once. … To the thousands who have shared on #BeenRapedNeverReported: Your stories are courageous beyond words. Thank you.

Since Ghomeshi was fired from his CBC radio show last week, nine women have come forward—some anonymously, some not—with stories of physical and sexual abuse. Three women have taken their complaints to Toronto police, who are currently investigating the former radio host.

We salute HuffPost Canada’s editors for their willingness to share stories of survival with dignity and respect.

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Stephanie hails from Toronto, Canada. She is a Ms. writer, a master of journalism candidate and a hip hop dancer/instructor/choreographer. She got her start in feminist journalism at the age of 16 when she was a member of the first editorial collective at Shameless magazine—and she has never looked back.