Author Reva Seth has become the ninth woman to go on the record about Jian Ghomeshi's alleged sexual abuse, and the second to identify herself by name. You know that feeling you get when your favorite team is on a winning streak? This is the opposite of that feeling.
In a post for HuffPo Canada, Seth writes that she decided to come forward after hearing of the other allegations against Ghomeshi because they show a clear pattern of "escalation" on his part, and she's prepared to weather whatever negative impact putting her face and name on her story could have.
Unlike most of the other women who have accused Ghomeshi of suddenly becoming violent without consent in the context of sexual encounters, Seth explains that she had no need or desire to associate professionally with him. The pair hung out casually over a summer more than a decade ago, she says. They'd kissed, but nothing more. And then, one Sunday night:
The evening started out fine. We had a drink, we smoked some pot and we hung out chatting. A while later we started kissing. Suddenly, it was like he became a different person. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.
I distinctly remember the jarring sense of suddenly being abruptly shaken out of my reverie. I remember thinking "what the fuck is going on here? What's wrong with him?" Jian had his hands around my throat, had pulled down my pants and was aggressively and violently penetrating me with his fingers. When it was over, I got up and it was clear I was really angry. My sexual interactions until then had always been consensual, enjoyable and fun.
Seth says she was hesitant to come forward — or really do anything — after the assault for the same reason a lot of women just stay quiet: it doesn't seem worth it. She writes,
This is the part that I think is so important to understand if we are ever going to change the context in which rape culture and violence against women is perpetuated. I didn't do anything because it didn't seem like there was anything to do.
I hadn't been raped. I had no interest in seeing him again or engaging the police in my life. I just wanted to continue on with my life as it was.
She noted that Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere's willingness to speak up inspired her to follow suit, and that she hopes telling her story helps other women.
Either 9 women are lying, or Jian Ghomeshi is.
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