St. John’s NL, October 23, 2013 – No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP, the long-awaited memoir by former RCMP member and Newfoundlander Janet Merlo, launches officially today.
In 1991, Janet Merlo realized her dream of becoming a member of Canada’s national police force. Twenty years later, a pervasive culture of sexual harassment had led her to disillusionment and severe stress, and made her job as a police officer untenable. Today, she is representative plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against the RCMP involving almost 300 women. No One to Tell is the story of that journey.
When we associate the words RCMP and bravery, we shape a picture of honorable law enforcement officers fighting the good fight and taking extraordinary risks to uphold the law and protect the people they signed up to serve. This memoir is about a different kind of bravery. It is about the attempts of one person to uphold the oath she took despite systemic gender harassment and discrimination within the very same organization. Faced with the ambiguity of her circumstances and the overarching need to make peace with her conscience, Janet Merlo spoke out about the need for change. Over a 20-year period she paid the price for that and saw her dream of a fulfilling career in one of Canada’s most respected institutions end painfully. To quote journalist and author Linden MacIntyre, “No One to Tell is a sad account of history and human nature, a story of idealism dying slowly, and of the anger and the gaps left behind by lost ideals . . .”
“Is it brave to speak out and suffer the consequences of systemic discrimination? You bet. But showing the strength and leadership to face the public scrutiny that comes with telling all, staying true to your ideals, and doing what’s right to fix what’s broken is taking bravery to the highest level,” says Rebecca Rose, President and Publisher at Breakwater Books.
Despite her experiences, Janet sees past the few who have abused their power and acknowledges the integrity of the majority of her colleagues. This is a brave account because it is grounded in the notion of doing right and protecting the interests of other women. To come to this place, still committed to the ideal that we should never allow a few to compromise the integrity of institutions that many have worked hard to build, is something from which we can all take a lesson.
Please direct media inquiries to:
(709) 753-0794 or (709) 682 -2682
Join us as we celebrate the launch of a stunning new memoir by former RCMP member Janet Merlo
St. John’s, NL. March 28, 2013 – Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that Breakwater President and Publisher Rebecca Rose has acquired the rights to No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP by former RCMP officer Janet Merlo.
Merlo is the Representative Plaintiff in a Proposed Class Action Lawsuit that was filed one year ago, on March 27, 2012.
A vocal supporter of the class-action suit, Janet Merlo was among the first female RCMP officers to publicly allege she had experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination while serving in Canada’s national police force. The women kept silent for so long, Merlo says, because there was no one to tell. In her courageous memoir, Janet recalls how her love of policing was soured by covert and overt sexism within the ranks and by an institutional culture that valued toughness and silence over ethics and accountability.
“After years of living and working in a hostile environment where silence was the norm, I’m finally finding my voice,” Merlo said today. “Sharing my story serves both as a way for me to find healing, and for me to reach out to other women who may be experiencing the same kind of harassment.”
Tracing her twenty years in uniform, Merlo’s story details the highs and lows of her career in the RCMP – while her mental health and personal life disintegrated. Eventually, the cost of keeping quiet was simply too high. Her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change.
“Janet Merlo’s story deserves the nation’s careful attention,” Breakwater Publisher Rebecca Rose said. “Breakwater is pleased to be able to announce the acquisition today, as the class-action lawsuit reaches its one-year anniversary.”
The memoir will be edited by author Leslie Vryenhoek, with an introduction by journalist Linden MacIntyre.
No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP will be published by Breakwater Books in September 2013.
For more information and all media inquiries, please contact:
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
phone. (709) 722-6680 x 226