Oprah has always been forthcoming and honest about being abused when she was young.
Oprah has always been forthcoming and honest about being abused when she was young.

Sheila Copps, Oprah Winfrey, Rufus Wainwright, Fran Drescher, Terri Hatcher and Meredith Viera are just some of the names of high-profile individuals who have admitted to being victims of sexual abuse or rape. Add to them to the list of victims speaking out against Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi who are only two of the high-profile names of perpetrators. Sexual abuse of both genders has been rampant since the beginning of time. But victims now have an ally—social media. One up-side of the recent exposure of these crimes is the emerging of a strong message that “we’re not going to take it anymore”. The stigmas of shame, embarrassment, anger and helplessness are being replaced by indignation, empathy and a call for justice.

Not that long ago driving while impaired was not a big deal. After downing a few brewskies at the local bar or party, drivers got behind the wheels of their vehicles and if they were successful in getting home without killing themselves or someone else, they patted themselves on the back for getting away with it. Things are very different today. Everyone knows the high price paid by victims of driving under the influence. Public service awareness campaigns and a change in attitudes have resulted in a reduction of DUI and designated drivers or cabs are commonly engaged in getting drinkers home safely.

abuse3It is my strong hope that the current attention focused on the incidence of sexual assault will develop into a stronger movement to address attitudes toward victims and to ultimately cause perpetrators to step back and consider the consequences of their actions. Most of the women I know have been abused at some time in their lives or know someone close to them who has been abused. We’re talking about it more openly now and gathering strength through those who have come forward. Victims deserve a voice. Children are particularly vulnerable and tragically remain silent when threatened or bribed by the person who abuses them physically or sexually.

I commend those who are now speaking up and let’s hope this groundswell gains enough strength to make this despicable crime even more abhorrent than driving under the influence. The bad guys know who they are and perhaps collectively we can influence them to realize they are not going to get away with it. That would be a legacy worth fighting for. Let’s not drop the ball.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. 2004 & Barling. Our research imported it and has procured.

  2. Well said Lynda. I very much agree. Even heard some disturbing thoughts from a close (male) friend who thinks that the lady at Parliament Hill who provided a condom to the person who raped her, was asking for it…..so not the case. Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:32:03 +0000 To: lwong5050@hotmail.com

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