Wednesday Words: 20 March 2013

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the way that many people, whose sense of justice makes them feel morally obligated to report on wrong-doing by giving information to the police and other agencies of law enforcement, are victimised by others rather than receiving praise for their actions. Recent news reports have highlighted the kind of abuse that is often meted out to whistle-blowers and others who assist criminal investigation.
One such person is Alexandria Goddard, whose investigative efforts in connection with a recent, particularly repulsive, rape case undoubtedly helped to secure convictions against the offenders. You can read her own account of this in full, here.
Right now, by way of mid-week inspiration to us all, I’d like to quote one phrase from this account in her own words. I would send this phrase all round the world, if I could.

“…it’s okay to be the lone man standing, as long as you STAND.”

Crazy

Footnote: Our brave host of Wednesday Words, Emma at Crazy With Twins, is in hospital, having just undergone further surgery for thyroid cancer. I’m sure all of us send our best wishes for her recovery and for the full success of her treatment.

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6 Responses to Wednesday Words: 20 March 2013

  1. Thank you so much. I can’t say it enough — but the kind words of so many is truly overwhelming, and I am so grateful. Thanks again!
    Alex

  2. I can fully support that quote. I find there are often times in this world, where the person standing up for what is morally right, gets judged and criticised. I can think of a time recently when it happened in the blogging community and it saddened me. I’ve always believed in standing up for what i beleive and it has cost me friends (clearly not very good ones) and cost me a job once. But I have a clear conscience for doing the right thing. I will always be the one standing.

    I’m not familiar with the case you mention, as I am a hermit who doesn’t watch the news, but I shall read up on it now.

    Thankyou for your kind words and wishes for my recovery. I am hoping to leave hospital today. Xx

  3. What a fabulous post and quite right – I will always hope to be that lone man standing. I have a strong sense of justice – always have had – and I don’t feel the need to apologise for it. On a much less impressive scale I stood up for what was right and fair at work this last month – it went against the grain, but although I may not have won many friends about it, I think I gained respect. And my conscience was clear. Great post, thank you xx

  4. emilytealady says:

    Totally agree and great quote. I work in the NHS and there has been a lot in the news about whistleblowers of late. If it werent for these brave individuals some terrible incidents and crimes would have gone unreported. Their bravery is something to applaud not condemn in my opinion.

  5. An amazing quote…one which I support 100%

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