Started by outdoors, Apr 27, 2013, 12:14 PM
It is with great sadness that I report on the suicide of the founder of Canada's only safehouse for men.
Wait 'till tommorrow when I go visit my m.p. and m.p.p. with this news. I hold them partly responsible for this man's death. He fought to get help for everyone else,while obviously ignoring his own need's. Didn't he just close the door's to the m.a.s.h. because of the lack of funding?
The man who created Canada's only shelter dedicated solely to male victims of domestic violence died on Friday of an apparent suicide.The day after he packed up his recently sold home -- also the site of the Men's Alternative Safe House -- Earl Silverman was found hanging in his garage.Mr. Silverman closed his shelter last month, saying he could no longer afford its upkeep. He long sought funding from provincial and federal governments to help run his hybrid shelter and home, but believed he was always refused because the space was dedicated to helping male victims and their children. He said he was unable to pay for heat and grocery bills.
Earl Silverman will not have died in vain. His suicide has galvanized the worldwide community. We are establishing the Earl Silverman Centres for Men, to create a unified and consistent operating manual for abuse shelters (without sexist policies), and to coordinate these around the world. The coordination is important: we were all under the impression that Earl's shelter had been the only one of its kind in Canada, but yesterday we discovered (to our astonishment) Maison Oxygène in Montreal. http://www.maisonoxygene.com/ If a place like this can spring up, it should certainly not pass unnoticed! Earl, my friend, my ally, my inspiration -- we will not forget you or your struggle. And as for you, Alison Redford and the band of psychopaths running the "government" and "justice" systems -- rest assured, you will soon pay the piper.
Why the fuck should anyone have to collect even one dollar? 600 MILLION of GOVERNMENT $$$ for women's shelter's and not a dime for men? The government needs to step up and do the funding,not the individual. I certainly hope that avfm doesn't turn this into some type of gravedancing in order to promote the egocentricism of avfm. They are already acting like they are the only ones that count in all of this.