The theme this week is words, letters, and numbers. If a photo is worth a thousand words, the words in this photo are worth a thousand actions.
Cindy Gladue was an indigenous woman who was found bled out in a bath tub from an 11cm wound in her vagina. The person who reported finding the body initially said he didn't know her, it then came to light that he had hired her services as a sex worker for two days prior. He said the wound must've been from rough sex. However, her blood-alcohol level was roughly 4x the legal limit - a near lethal dose that would have left her in a state where she was unable to give consent. A jury of white men then found him not guilty of the crime, and, for the first time in Canadian history, her pelvis was entered as evidence and exhibited to everyone in the courtroom; an act of desecration to a human body under any other circumstances.
Rallies were held across the country today at noon in each time zone to protest this decision, and to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. As the number of victims continues to climb over 1200, this is a national crisis, made worse by the inaction of governments and police departments.