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North Huron Reeve Statement on Alice Munro

North Huron Reeve Statement on Alice Munro
North Huron Reeve Statement on Alice Munro

Following the recent news of the sexual assault suffered by Alice Munro’s daughter Andrea Skinner at the hands of her stepfather, the mayor of North Huron, Munro’s home community, has released a statement.

“On behalf of the City of North Huron, we are shocked and saddened to learn that Alice Munro’s husband, Gerald Fremlin, sexually abused her youngest daughter when she was a child,” wrote Reeve Paul Heffer.

He continued, “The Township of North Huron unequivocally supports Andrea Skinner as she publicly shares her story of childhood sexual abuse. Everyone deserves to be safe and free from violence and North Huron recognizes and appreciates the courage it has taken Andrea to share her story and her healing journey.”

Heffer acknowledged how highly Munro is held in her hometown of Wingham and the impact she has had on the community. He also acknowledged how Munro was internationally known for her contributions to the world of literature.

“We, along with so many others, need time to process this news and the impact it may have on the legacy of Alice Munro, whose work and ties to the Township we have previously celebrated,” Heffer wrote. “Alice’s actions, or lack thereof, are neither explained nor excused by her accomplishments. In the near future, the Township of North Huron will consider this information and discuss recognizing her accomplishments.”