Why the Stigma of Therapy is Multi-Layered for People of Colour

Roslyn Talusan initially found it difficult to seek treatment in her early 20s after being assaulted by a former colleague and facing workplace harassment. “I was really reluctant to seek any counseling mostly because I thought I was ‘strong enough’ to handle it without help,” she told Re:Set. “Mental illness was still something very stigmatized to me, but I realized how deeply I was affected and knew I needed treatment.”

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Ariana Grande Fans Harassed A Writer After She Criticized The Singer.

A Toronto-based freelance writer has been talking to Ariana Grande in DMs after the pop star's fans viciously attacked her for several days over her criticisms of the singer.

Roslyn Talusan, 27, told BuzzFeed News that while she was shocked to hear from Grande directly, and they've since apologized to each other, she also felt "victim-blamed and gaslit" by the singer's defense of her fans.

She's hoping Grande will be less "passive" about how her fans act on her behalf — and take a firmer stance against abusive online behavior.

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This Writer Challenged Ariana Grande. Then Her Stans Attacked

The incident sheds light on the ecosystem in which celebrity culture now exists and its consequences. Social media has made it easier than ever for stars to interact with both their fans and critics—there’s no need for a middle man publicist when you’ve got a Twitter and Instagram account. Although there are positives to that, including celebrities fostering a more “authentic” connection with their fan bases and openly discussing issues like mental health or substance abuse, there is also an undeniably ugly side to stan culture that emerges when a fav is being challenged.

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How The Media’s #MeToo Failings Hurt Victims

Roslyn Talusan said the experience of talking about past assaults is re-traumatizing, especially when journalists get things wrong.

“Rape apologists have more reason to blame us, disbelieve us, and it makes it that much harder for advocates to affect change,” she said. “Reporters have the luxury of not having to give that much of a fuck in getting the details right or addressing the nuance.”

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Why Sexual-Assault Survivors Look Outside the Criminal System for Justice

After she became involved in the criminal process when she was raped by a co-worker in 2015, Roslyn Talusan wishes the prosecutor had given her more information about what her options were—ones that didn’t involve potential jail time for her attacker. Or that the Crown prosecutor, at the very least, had clarified what would happen during the criminal law process. Talusan had wanted to move forward in way that made her feel empowered and in control. Instead, the opposite happened.

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Ryerson Students and Community Members Take Back the Night and Protest Against Sexual Violence

Ryerson’s Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, a resource which provides support for survivors on campus and raises awareness about sexual violence, attended Take Back the Night on Sept.15 at Regent Park.

The annual event was organized by the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/ Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) and aimed to honour the experiences of women and transgender survivors of violence, including sexual and domestic violence as well as police brutality.

Ryerson graduate Roslyn Talusan, a collective board member at the Crisis Centre, said bridging the gap between generations can be healing for everyone. 

Speaking as a sexual assault survivor, Talusan said, “It’s important to recognize and work against how ingrained rape culture is into older generations.”

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