Calgary Herald on normalizing sexual assault in high school: ‘We all write dumb things at our age’ - The Beaverton

Calgary Herald on normalizing sexual assault in high school: ‘We all write dumb things at our age’

CALGARY – The Calgary Herald’s editorial board justified publishing a column that claimed men should not be held accountable for sexual assault in high school by using a similar excuse saying columnists and journalists write dumb shit at their age.

Editor-in-chief Lorne Motley says Naomi Lakritz’s article titled ‘Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve this. What happens in high school stays in high school’ will not face any consequences because she’s only 53.

“We’ve all done dumb things in our middle age like compare the Judicial Senate Committee’s questioning of ’s personal history to the Salem Witch Trials,” explained Motley shrugging his shoulders. “And that column was, like, 48 hours ago. It’s in the past now, so therefore it didn’t happen, and no one should be held accountable for such non-existent actions.”

Despite some advertisers cancelling their contracts with the newspaper, the editorial board staunchly defended its columnist claiming there is a smear campaign against her and the publication she writes for.

“This rape culture and victim blaming that she continues to espouse for political purposes should not ruin her career,” added Motley. “You know the old saying ‘Postmedia columnists will be Postmedia columnists.’”