Statement on Mayor Murray to Step Down

Statement on Mayor Murray to Step Down

 

 

Seattle has been rocked by the disturbing allegations of rape and abuse against Mayor Ed Murray. For weeks many of us have assumed the Mayor would step down and address the accusations as a private citizen. Instead he has dug in his heels and publicly called into question the character of his accusers, pointing to their criminal history and “troubled” past as proof of their untrustworthiness. This is almost the textbook example of why abuse survivors rarely step forward.


To be clear, I believe our Mayor is entitled to due process and should not be tried in the court of public opinion. However, his actions to publicly attack the character of alleged survivors of abuse only serve to perpetuate rape culture. We live in a society that stacks the deck against survivors of abuse to come out publicly, which perpetuates cycles of abuse and violence. The continued impact of these allegations on our civic culture is toxic. In light of this, I can not remain silent. I am calling on Ed Murray to resign as Seattle’s mayor and address these allegations as a private citizen.


Silence is the currency of rape culture which will continue to perpetuate itself if we don’t speak out. Currently only
one community leader has called on Mayor Murray to step down. It must not solely be the burden of survivors to hold alleged abusers accountable; it is up to all of us. One in five girls and one in twenty boys experience child sexual abuse. We should not subject other survivors of abuse to the continued trauma of this case playing out in the press. For the sake of the city, the mayor should step down.