A widely known advocate for sexual assault victims discovered herself defending MP Tony Clement on social media after the MP got here ahead to say somebody tried to extort him after he shared sexually specific photos with them on-line.
Federal Conservative chief Andrew Scheer stated Wednesday that new proof has come to mild to recommend the incident was not remoted — and that Clement is alleged to have engaged in related behaviour previously.
He then requested Clement to depart the Conservative caucus.
“I took him at his phrase that this was an remoted incident. Since then, there have been quite a few experiences of different incidents, allegations, so in that respect I’ve requested Tony to resign from caucus in order that he can reply to those allegations,” Scheer stated on Wednesday.
‘I am seeing a number of hypocrisy,’ Lalonde says
On Twitter, Julie Lalonde wrote Wednesday that whereas Clement seems to have exhibited “creepy” behaviour towards ladies on-line, he additionally seems to have been a sufferer.
She additionally wrote that if Clement had been a lady, she doubts individuals would have reacted to the sexting the identical approach.
“I am seeing a number of hypocrisy on this problem, and it is actually, actually partisan … I do not really feel prefer it’s applicable for us to say that sextortion … is OK if we do not like the individual that’s being extorted,” Lalonde instructed CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Wednesday.
“I do not assume that you need to choose a crew. You’ll be able to say he is accomplished horrible issues, and one thing horrible is going on to him proper now.”
Lalonde stated the concept that Clement should not maintain workplace as a result of he despatched sexts, thereby creating the chance to be extorted, is a type of victim-blaming.
“The concept that he made himself weak to extortion is one thing that I hear about teen ladies who’ve despatched nudes — individuals saying, ‘Properly, you set your self as much as be blackmailed, you set your self as much as be exploited by sharing these nudes,'” she stated.
The issue to concentrate on is Clement’s alleged aggressive on-line behaviour towards ladies, Lalonde stated, not that he cheated on his accomplice and despatched sexually specific photos of himself.
“These are two separate issues.”
CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning