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Gallery: Montreal's #MeToo Protest Against Sexual Violence and Rape Culture Protest on July 19

Hundreds of Montrealers gathered on July 19 to march in the streets to protest sexual violence and rape culture following the creation of dozens of anonymous Instagram accounts

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Movements around #MeToo in Quebec are picking up increasing traction both online and in physical spaces in Montreal.

This past Sunday, July 19, Montrealers took to the streets to protest sexual violence and rape culture in gathering of hundreds that culimnated in performances and speeches in La Fontaine Park. The outcry follows a swift and sudden creation of dozens of Instagram accounts since early July which all focus on different sectors, industries and geographic regions of Quebec and across Canada, all offering anonymous outlets for individuals to name their abusers.

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The protestors collected over a demand to see the issues of sexual abuse, violence and rape culture be regarded as a systemic problem. It's all the more important to see the issue as such when organizers were reportedly targets of online harassment in the days leading up to the day of the protest, according to a report by the CBC.

The anonymous online accounts on Instagram continue to act as an outlet for victims of sexual violence, verbal abuse and other aggressions to continue naming names. As momentum around the issue continues, many figureheads in Quebec culture have been called out to respond, including actress Maripier Morin, musicians Alex Nevsky and Daniel Desrosiers, chefs Daniel Vezina of Laurie-Raphaël and Dave Macmillan of Joe Beef, and many more.

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