Sunday, June 10, 2007

On behalf of all rape victims

Holly Desimone was viciously raped by an acquaintance who escaped prosecution and managed to leave the country. She launched a one-woman campaign to find him, creating her own justice.

In the process, Holly lost many things including the support of her family and her children. But she gained strength, confidence and blazed a trail for other women in Canada by having the courage to break her own publication ban and go public with her story.

You can watch a short video here -- powerful stuff. Hats off to you, Holly.
So proud of you, girlfriend!


PS Also check out Holly's Fight for Justice which is one of my links on the right.


Larry said...

It takes a lot of courage to stand up and fight when the odds are so against her.

Sigrid Macdonald said...

Larry, that is *so* true! Holly has enough strength and determination for an entire country. She's amazing and I love and admire her for that.

Thanks so much for your input.

Larry said...

Despotism has so often been established in the name of liberty that experience should warn us to judge parties by their practices rather than their preachings."

Raymond Aron

It is a shame that we don't use this criteria on those who accuse the victim.

Sigrid Macdonald said...

Larry, it seems to be a time-honored tradition to blame the victim, especially women. I'd like to believe that we're moving away from that but I'm not confident that that's true :-(

Thanks for caring. Sigrid

Holly said...

Hi Sigrid,
Thank you for the post, I am honoured, thank you for the kind words. You also have been courageous in your fight to bring awareness about the violence in our society.

Take care Holly Desimone

Sigrid Macdonald said...

Good to hear from you, Holly. And thanks for your comments. You're my hero -- fighting for other women who don't have a voice, are not believed or are too afraid to speak up for themselves. Keep it up, woman! I know you've paid your own price. Love, S.

Brian Kastel said...

Yes Holly has a real nice blog!

Sigrid Macdonald said...

Hi Brian,

Thanks so much for posting. Couldn't agree more! Holly runs a wonderful, extremely informative blog. Everyone should visit.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you, if you're in Canada :-) Sigrid