Duly Quoted: Cheri DiNovo, on Rape Culture and Breaking the Silence
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Duly Quoted: Cheri DiNovo, on Rape Culture and Breaking the Silence

The MPP for Parkdale-High Park discusses sexual assault and speaking out.

“The best solution, if there is such a thing, is for people to know that it’s not going to be quiet anymore. This is not going to be hush-hush. This is going to go out on social media. I’d like to see men coming forward next. Maybe #RapedNever Reported should be the next hashtag.”

—Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, discussing her personal experiences with sexual assault in an interview with Maclean’s. “I’ve been sexually assaulted twice,” she says. “Both instances were in my 20s. I didn’t report. To me it’s no surprise that women don’t report, because the person who assaulted them is usually a man they love, respect or fear.” Not much has changed for the next generation, she says, but “if anything good is to come out of this, it’s that lots and lots of women are talking about experiences they’ve never talked about before.” DiNovo’s interview is part of Project97, a new, year-long initiative from Rogers Media that will see its outlets (Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Flare, Today’s Parent, Châtelaine, L’actualité and City News) “explore issues of sexual assault, abuse and harassment as it affects both women and men.”