As­sault & AFCOOP

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

The Nov 16 post by Tara Thorne at the­, “Sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions at At­lantic Film­mak­ers Co-Op­er­a­tive,” in­cluded the con­tents of con­fi­den­tial emails be­tween an anony­mous woman (claim­ing to have been sex­ual as­saulted by an AFCOOP staff mem­ber) and the direc­tor of AFCOOP. By what right was Tara Thorne per­mit­ted to make pub­lic the con­tents of th­ese emails? She also an­nounced that AFCOOP’s pop­u­lar an­nual Christ­mas event was can­celled be­fore the mem­bers them­selves re­ceived the news! Her ar­ti­cle poured paraffin on the fire, and caused a num­ber of arts or­ga­ni­za­tions to quickly cob­ble to­gether their own pol­icy re­gard­ing sex­ual harassment and sex­ual as­sault. In a state­ment cir­cu­lated Nov 24, th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions act as both judge and jury on AFCOOP’s sup­posed fail­ure to re­solve the is­sue with­out hav­ing the full facts of the case at their dis­posal. I feel strongly that arts or­ga­ni­za­tions of all dis­ci­plines should come to­gether to sup­port each other in times of cri­sis and show com­pas­sion rather then point­ing fin­gers and self righ­teously dic­tat­ing what ac­tions should be taken by the or­ga­ni­za­tion in cri­sis.

—Vi­o­let Rosen­garten, Hal­i­fax

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