Julien Lacroix, Maripier Morin… the return of the denounced personalities hurts

Julien Lacroix, Maripier Morin… the return of the personalities denounced is hurting

Two years after the most recent wave of denunciations in Quebec which swept away several public figures, some- some are making much-discussed returns. If part of the population is ready to welcome them, what about the alleged victims? 

Julien Lacroix, accused of sexual assault and misconduct by nine women, has announced that he will record a podcast on a small stage next week. Tickets sold out within 24 hours and other performances have been announced. 

Maripier Morin, denounced by several people for racist comments and sexual misconduct, is the headliner of the film Arlette, whose poster and trailer featuring her have been released in recent days.

Julien Lacroix, Maripier Morin… the return of the personalities denounced is hurting

Julien Lacroix/Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz/Metro

Julien Lacroix, Maripier Morin… the return of personalities denounced ;is hurts

Maripier Morin/Photo: Pablo Ortiz/Metro

Both receive a lot of media attention, which can have a heavy impact on the people who report them.

Bringing back trauma

This is the case for Amélie, the assumed name of a woman who has reported a public figure for sexual assault in recent years and is requesting anonymity for her safety.  

“It's not true that we go to bed at night without thinking about all that,” she explains. I think for many victims, just seeing the person who hurt them again can cause a lot of harm. Me, I'm starting a lot of reflections that I thought were closed.” 

Lawyer Raphaëlle Desvignes, who, among other things, supports victims of crime, warns that the reactions will be different from one person to another “because the needs or the ways of rebuilding themselves can change at all. at all”. However, she believes that “if you consider that you were attacked by someone you see in the media all the time, it is sure that it is a trauma that continues”.

Amélie adds that denouncing a person is a trying process, which is not necessarily understood by everyone: “It is to confess your own weakness, your vulnerability. A trauma, we try to avoid going back there, but there, we have to go into it. It's counter-intuitive.”

The quest for visibility 

For her, the enthusiasm of some for the return of denounced personalities testifies to a lack of empathy towards the alleged victims. But it is above all the visibility that the media gives to fallen artists that she criticizes.  

“We have to talk about it, but we cannot talk about it by being violent, and I consider it a form of violence to constantly give visibility to these people, explains the young woman. Especially when it is perhaps the visibility that made them lose their minds, that made them behave like abuse of power. These are people who have shown that they do not know how to manage this.”   

Julien Lacroix, Maripier Morin… the return of the personalities denounced is hurting

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At the same time, tackling the issue of sexual violence helps to evolve, believes Me Desvignes. “It is better to talk about something than not to talk about it, even if it means not talking about it in the best way, but hoping to learn how to do it well.”

In the eyes of the alleged victim, the problem does not come only from the media, but also from the institutions which still trivialize violent behavior; so it should come as no surprise that the public does the same. Without sharing the same vision, Me Desvignes also believes that sexual violence is a social problem born of gaps in the education and socialization of individuals. 


Whether it's Maripier Morin or Julien Lacroix, it's by addressing their addiction issues that they've returned to the public arena. Amélie and Me Desvignes both understand that denounced persons can hardly go back on the alleged facts without incriminating themselves.

“During the wave of denunciations, we began to overthrow the power that well-known people had by giving space to the victims, perceives Amélie. It seems like they're trying to take over that role, like it's glorifying to be a victim and it excuses things.”  

The lawyer believes that “it It is human nature not to want to recognize this kind of gesture there”, as it is about a reprehensible behavior “with a particularly negative social stigma”. It is therefore not surprising that people denounced then seek to attract sympathy for them, according to her.

But dependencies do not justify the actions taken, insists Amélie. “There is nothing that justifies violence. Nothing. And when it comes to being violent towards others, you have some serious questions to ask yourself.” 

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