This post contains discussion of sexual harassment, assault, trauma, and other related topics surrounding the incident involving Auston Matthews.
A few days ago, news broke that Leafs center Auston Matthews, along with a group of men, had attempted to get into the car of a woman who was by herself, at night, because they thought it would be funny to “see how she would react.”
This hit so close to an incident that happened to me that it sent me into a spiral of reliving that night, and the year and a half of investigations, court dates, and sheer terror that followed, over and over again. To say that the last few days have been difficult would be an understatement.
Many will see what Matthews did as negligible: a young man, drunk in his off-season, doing things that young men often do. It was just a joke, after all. No harm was meant by it. But in reality, they were testing the boundaries of what it is feasible to get away with. From there, it grows.