Make it Right
In the realm of sexual misconduct and beyond, Piya asks: When you've done wrong... how do you make it right?
Over the last year, we've heard countless stories of women who say they've been wronged and seen powerful men called out for their bad behaviour. So much time has been spent bringing the problems to the fore. But with new stories surfacing every day, it's become harder to see what real solutions might look like. This week, in the realm of sexual misconduct and beyond, Piya asks: When you've done wrong... how do you make it right?
Here are the stories from this week's episode...
Nils used to be part of a tight-knit dance community in Toronto. That is, until one year ago, when he wrote an open letter to women he says he had hurt through sexual manipulation, deception and seduction that contravened the community's rules. He wanted to own up to his wrongs, and open a dialogue he hoped would be healing to both parties. Piya speaks with him about his motivations, the mixed reactions he's received to his letter, and what redemption might look like. She also speaks with a woman from the community who was propositioned, had a hand in banning Nils, and feels his attempt at reconciliation falls short.
Raelyn Balfour was used to making one stop on her drive to work, to drop her nine-month-old son Bryce off at his babysitter's. Even though she remembers making that stop on March 30, 2007, she actually didn't. With her brain on autopilot and her routine changed, Raelyn proceeded to drive to work, forgetting about Bryce sitting in his carrier in the back seat. By the end of the day, he was dead of hyperthermia. Raelyn speaks with Piya about how she's trying to make this tragic accident right with herself, with her husband, with her family... and why she's determined to speak publicly about this tragedy, despite the stigma she faces.
Break and enter, theft, possession of firearms... Lee Chapelle has been convicted of nearly 100 charges and spent 21 years behind bars. He speaks with Piya about how he became a career criminal, how he managed to shake the lifestyle, and how he's trying to right his past wrongs as a prison consultant and strong advocate for rehabilitation.