On the topic of Morgan Marquis-Boire

Almost a year ago a huge number of women accused Morgan Marquis-Boire of sexual assault. Their courage in coming forward is incredible, especially considering the horrible record that society has in addressing these wrongs, and I would like to state my opinion on the matter for public record.

I don’t know Marquis-Boire really well, but both he and I worked for SA, although at different times. Some of his closest friends were in the past also my closest friends. I am writing this post because I am ashamed of the lack of response of the NZ infosec industry, I am ashamed of having worked for and having been part of the same company, but mainly I am ashamed of my own lack of response so far.

I want it to be stated that I personally believe all of these women on a number of grounds: the vividness of their descriptions, the widespread geographical locations of the victims, the toxic culture I observed in the workplace, and some of the attitudes that I observed my ex-colleagues have toward women.

I think the lack of prosecution on Marquis-Boire despite the overwhelming amount of testimony reflects poorly on society’s view of women’s right to be free of violence. I hope one day justice will be served and Morgan Marquis-Boire will be sentenced to a lengthy prision term.