François Legault has given his support Monday to the movement of denunciations, anonymous is on social media these last few days.
“I want to greet the people who had the courage to denounce, because it helps to ensure that everyone is more sensitive, in some way. It is a little flat that it happens like that, but I want to salute their courage,” commented the prime minister on the sidelines of a press conference to make the point on the COVID-19.
Since last week, accounts, Instagram, and Facebook display the names of the alleged perpetrators or those accused of sexual misconduct. The accusations are from alleged victims who remain anonymous.
Some accounts provide the context of the charge, but others display only the name of the person described by the victim.
Several artists have already withdrawn from public life after he was targeted by such accusations. Last in the fray, the singer Kevin Parent has been dropped by his agency and has apologised after being targeted by allegations of sexual misconduct on the account Instagram Victims_Voices_Montreal.
François Legault explained on Monday that his new minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, is currently examining how Quebec may make the judicial process “less difficult” for victims of sexual assault.
The government Legault is also evaluating the possibility of revising the school curriculum to better equip the young people on the concepts of consent to the sexual.
Support of the political class
The movement of denunciations has also received the support of the opposition parties in Quebec.
“The new wave of denunciations of the past few days on social networks reminds us that the fight against violence and sexual harassment is far from being finished. I would like to acknowledge the courage of all those who choose to denounce their aggression,” wrote on Twitter liberal critic on the status of women, Isabelle Melançon, the 9th of July last.
“You have my full support and my support,” she added.
The spokesperson of Québec solidaire Manon Massé, meanwhile, said on Twitter, last week, that “people are turning to social media to denounce harassment and sexual assault” because “the justice system is broken”.
Same sound of bell on the side of the critical pq’s Véronique Hivon, who believes that the phenomenon reflects “a lack of confidence shouting between the victims and the police and judicial system”.
With regard to the risk of defamation, Ms. Hivon said that, “the victims themselves will tell you that it is not in the best of all worlds”. “But we must take note that their disgust is complete, the ras-le-bol is very important,” she said in an interview. Therefore, we, the political class, but also the world of the police and judiciary, need to transform it into an opportunity to transform from the inside out”.
Mp pq reminds us that his party proposes the creation of a specialised court in the field of sexual violence and domestic, that would be better suited for the victims.