5 years of #MeToo in dates


October 2017. Social networks are buzzing with reports of sexual misconduct. Back in dates on the electroshock #MeToo and on certain events that marked the movement in Quebec.

2007 – Launch of the Me Too movement by African-American activist Tarana Burke to denounce harassment and sexual assault, particularly against visible minorities.

November 2014 – Creation of the hashtag #AggressionNonDenounced by the Fédération des femmes du Québec.

October 5, 2017 The American Producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults. He was sentenced in March 2020 to 23 years in prison. Other trials are ongoing.

Harvey Weinstein on his way to his trial.

October 14, 2017 – Launch of the hashtag #balancetonporc, the equivalent of #MeToo in France.

October 15 2017– American actress Alyssa Milano exploded the popularity of #MeToo by writing on Twitter: « If you have been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted, reply ‘Me Too’ to this tweet ».

October 16, 2017 – Beginning of the wave of denunciation in Quebec with the hashtags #MoiAussi and #MeToo.

October 2017 – The Quebec Association of Centers for Assistance and the Fight against Sexual Assault (RQCALACS) confirms a abundance of revelations in the province and struggles to respond to all requests for assistance.

October 18, 2017 Animator Eric Salvail is targeted by allegations of sexual harassment, withdraws from his company and disappears from the media space. In January 2019, he will be charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and harassment, and will be acquitted on December 18, 2020.

Éric Salvail is at the Montreal courthouse. He is charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and harassment.

October 18, 2017 – A dozen women denounce the founder of Just for Laughs, Gilbert Rozon, for harassment and sexual assault. He then leaves all his functions. In March 2018, a collective action led by a group of victims called Les courageuses which claims 10 million will be launched and rejected by the court in January 2020.

October 19, 2017 – Establishment by the SPVM of a telephone line dedicated to sexual harassment cases: 463 calls in less than three weeks, 98 of which led to the opening of a sexual assault file.

October 20, 2017 – The editor Michel Brule is singled out for sexual assault. He withdrew from the race for mayor of Plateau-Mont-Royal. He was found guilty in October 2020 and then died mysteriously in Brazil on May 31, 2021.

December 21, 2017 – The former musical director of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoitis the subject of allegations of sexual assault.

January 14, 2018 – Launch of the movement #And now by a group of women including in particular Aurélie Lanctôt and Léa Clermont-Dion aiming to reflect on the positive follow-up to be given to the #MeToo movement.

Léa Clermont-Dion on the red carpet of the Prix Gémeaux
Léa Clermont-Dion on the red carpet of the Prix Gémeaux

June 6, 2018 The former journalist and director of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, Michael Venne, is denounced by Léa Clermont-Dion for sexual assaults that occurred in 2008 when she was a minor. He is sentenced to six months in prison in November 2021.

March 18, 2019 – Establishment by the government of a committee of experts responsible for reviewing support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in order to restore victims’ confidence in the justice system.

1er July 2020 – Denunciation of an assault by student Sabrina Comeau followed by a huge wave of denunciations of sexual misconduct concerning several public figures (Yann Perreau, Bernard Adamus, Maybe Watson, David Desrosiers, Jemcee…).

July 7, 2020 – The animator Maripier Morin is splashed with allegations of sexual harassment, racism and assault by singer Safia Nolin. Other testimonials from showbiz people are added. She admits some of her wrongs and loses the majority of her contracts.

July 27 2020 – The comedian Julien Lacroix is reported by nine women for alleged acts of sexual misconduct and assault. He denies it on the spot, then apologizes.

Julien Lacroix
Julien Lacroix

July 2020 – Creation of the Instagram page “Dis son nom”, which lists alleged abusers from Quebec denounced anonymously by their victims. After the publication of his name, Jean-François Marquis sued the administrators of the page for defamation. The legal process is ongoing.

March 2022 Launch of a pilot project for a court specialized in sexual violence and domestic violence at the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield courthouse. The objective is to implement this initiative in all regions of Quebec.

May 2, 2022 – The government announces the deployment of the project in five new courthouses.

May 26 2022 – Revelations in relation to a gang rape involving eight players of thecanadian junior hockey team. The suit brought by the victim was quickly settled out of court with Hockey Canada, which had a fund for that purpose. Suspension of federal funding to Hockey Canada and launch of an independent investigation.

June 14, 2022 – The Court of Appeal forbids the creators of the page « Say his name » to remain anonymous.

June 20, 2022 – Launch of an integrated strategy on sexual and domestic violence 2022-2027 by the Government of Quebec. A total of $462.4 million over five years, including $324.9 million from the 2022-2023 Quebec budget, is invested in this plan.

July 6, 2022 – Announcement of the return of Julien Lacroix with a podcast.

July 11, 2022 – Abandonment of the project podcast by Julien Lacroix.

July 21 2022 – Eight women denounce the comedian Phillip Bond for sexual misconduct. He withdraws from the public sphere.

August 2022 – Controversial return to the media space of Maripier Morinwho plays the main role in the film Arlette by Mariloup Wolfe.

August 27, 2022 – The singer of the Montreal group Arcade Fire, Win Butler, is accused of sexual misconduct by four people.

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