Fire Blatantly Crude Columnist Rosie DiManno
  • Petitioned The Toronto Star

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Bureau of Accuracy/Public Editor
The Toronto Star
John D. Cruickshank

Fire Blatantly Crude Columnist Rosie DiManno

    1. Augusta Christensen
    2. Petition by

      Augusta Christensen

      Ithaca, NY

On April 9th, 2013, Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno wrote a column that openly mocked a male victim of sexual assault. Instead of doing any real journalism about the horrible actions of four women who drove a teenager to an abandoned parking lot and assaulted him, DiManno chose to write a crude column laden with jokes about how hilarious it is that the perpetrators were women and the victim was a man. 
This is not the first time DiManno has been wholly cavalier in her coverage of sexual assault. In January when reporting on a case in which an unconscious woman awoke from surgery to find the doctor sexually assaulting her, DiManno's coverage was equally disgusting. The Star chose to go to bat for her, and the result is more of the same. Enough is enough: fire Rosie DiManno.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Toronto Star Responds to Petition Signer

      Augusta Christensen
      Petition Organizer

      The public editor of the Toronto Star responded this afternoon to one of our petition signers. Kathy English wrote:

      "The Star believes in the widest possible expression of free speech, in line with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Star’s policy manual states that: 'Columnists and Op-Ed writers have wide latitude to express their own views in the Star, including views directly contrary to the Star’s editorial views, as long as they fall within the boundaries of good taste and the laws of libel.'...On that regard, I expect the Star will publish a selection of the opinions of readers who disagree with DiManno’s opinion and the manner in which she expressed her views."

      It's unclear why the Star thinks victim-blaming and mocking rape victims is an opinion worth publishing, rather than avoided as a matter of policy. What is clear is that we need to keep putting pressure on the Star to do the right thing.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Porter COURTICE, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Not the first or the last pathetic and insulting article this hack has written.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Women have the same rights as men. Women's rights are human rights. Women should be able to live in the future around the world freely and without fear.

      “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

      ― Charlotte Brontë

    • Charles Hoppner TORONTO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Found this after her article on wanting to shoot cyclists. Not at all surprised to find out that she makes light of sexual abuse as well. She is the only columnist who I won't even show people her pieces to share my outrage, lest the Star get new clicks.

    • Julia Gościńska WARSAW, POLAND
      • 11 months ago

      Victims should NEVER be blamed.

    • Stefany Nguyen MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      victim-blaming is not the right way for rape victims and one man's fantasy about multiple simultaneous partners is not an invitation to rape


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