Jean-Paul Bedard
Jean-Paul Bedard lives with his wife in Toronto, where he is a writer and speaker. In addition to being a high profile endurance athlete, Jean-Paul is an advocate helping other survivors of child sexual abuse find their "voice". You can follow his journey at

Entries by Jean-Paul Bedard

Finding Your Way Back From Sexual Violence

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:56 PM

I'm going to tell you a story today, and sadly it is a story that plays out time and time again, not only in this community, but also across the country and around the world. In order for me to tell you this story, I'm going to ask you to...

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We Need To Keep Speaking Up And Out On Sexual Violence

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 8:44 AM

It's coming up to the one-year anniversary of the #BeenRapedNeverReported campaign, a grassroots Twitter movement that was launched in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal last fall.

It all began as a simple tweet -- an impassioned response to the notion that unless a sexual assault is reported to...

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Proving Rape Survivors' Resilience One Step at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 8:58 AM

The word courage has its roots in the Latin word "cor" -- meaning "heart" -- so for me, describing someone as courageous has little to do with his or her being brave or facing adversity. Courage is not about public manifestations of resilience, and has everything to do with navigating...

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What I Learned From PTSD

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 10:19 AM

If "patience is a virtue" then you better count me amongst the sinners. I appear to be wired with only two settings -- "full on" or "sloth mode." It's probably not all that surprising that I gravitated towards extreme endurance running, as it aligns rather nicely with my binary defaults....

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I Was Raped - and We Need to Talk About it

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 6:17 PM

For nothing other than the privilege of my birth, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a middle class family in the 1960s and 1970s in a prosperous liberal democracy.

As a boy, and later as a young man, I was taught to bury my feelings and to...

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The Beauty in Missing

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 7:10 PM

I love the subtlety and ambiguity of words, and that no doubt had a lot to do with why I taught English for 23 years, and why I am now pursuing a career as a writer. I was reading an article in today's Globe & Mail by Alan Cummings, a...

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We Must Break the Silence to Bring an End to Rape Culture

(20) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:11 PM

You're dirty. You're disgusting. No one is going to want you now. It's your fault. You shouldn't have been there in the first place. You're an idiot. Why didn't you fight back? Maybe it wasn't as bad as you think. Whatever you do, don't tell anyone what happened.


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I Have Been Losing Time to PTSD

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 1:21 PM

As a high profile endurance athlete and as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, I live a very public, and at times, messy life. Over the past few years, I've written extensively about, and on many occasions have spoken candidly of my struggles with addiction, mental health issues, and...

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10 Ways to Be a Better Runner

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 6:44 PM

1. We all come in different shapes and sizes.

Despite what the advertisers lead us to believe, there is no "ideal" running figure. The only requirement for calling yourself a runner is to lace up a pair of running shoes and start putting one foot in front of the other....

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I'm Running a Triple Marathon to Show the Resilience of Sexual Assault Survivors

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 6:27 PM

It was the writer John Updike who said, "Surprisingly few clues are ever offered to us as to what kind of people we are." Yes, I'd have to say I agree with that completely. Here I am, almost 50 years old, still...

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I've Learned to Live With PTSD

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 9:07 AM

My name is Jean-Paul, and I am in treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Hearing me say that usually elicits one of two responses in people -- abject pity or recoiling fear. I want you to know that I understand where you're coming from, but allow me a few...

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I Will Always Be a Recovering Alcoholic

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:37 AM

I've been invited to give a talk at an event coming up in the next few weeks on "Addiction and What Life Is Like Living in Recovery." I've been clean and sober now for more than 18 years, and throughout that period, my attendance at 12-step meetings has definitely waxed...

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Leave a Gentle Footprint in Your Community

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:26 PM

A friend sent me a quote the other day from the American writer and pastor, Joel Osteen: "We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside." These words resonate with me so strongly on...

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Omar Khadr's Release Can Offer an Important Lesson to Us All

(24) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 8:45 AM

As I'm sure is the case with many other Canadians, I too am left with a sea of emotions in the wake of the release of Omar Khadr. After being imprisoned for over a decade, including years forgotten in the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention centre, Omar is now free on...

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Is it All or Nothing For You?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:19 PM

I just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives in which she puts forth the argument that the world is divided into two types of people, moderators and abstainers. Much of our happiness and daily comfort is attributed to...

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It's Never Too Late to Acquire "Grit"

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 7:29 PM

I was being interviewed last week for a radio program and the host asked me what my definition of "success" is. I have to admit that I was somewhat taken aback, as I struggled with whether to give the concise stock answer I thought she was looking for, or to...

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As A Recovering Addict, I Admire People Who Pick up the Pieces

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:41 AM

I make no secret of the fact that I am a grateful recovering addict. I remember there was a time early in my sobriety when I would cringe if I heard another addict say he or she was "grateful". Later next week, by the grace of God, I'll be celebrating...

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If It Doesn't Bring You Joy, Let It Go

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:28 PM

I sat across from my therapist as she said: "So, in your own words, can you tell me what it feels like?

"Well... have you ever run across a grassy field in your bare feet, the unencumbered freedom of the cool grass tickling the soles of your feet? That's...

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You Might As Well Dance

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:40 PM

As a writer and a long distance runner, I spend a lot of my day in Starbucks locations across the city, and for years I've had a massive pet peeve about their condiment stations. Anyone who has ever navigated one of these stations knows how poorly designed they are in...

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Why Running Will Change Your Life

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 5:23 PM

It doesn't matter who you are -- a five-year-old racing around the school playground at recess or a fifty-five-year-old squeezing in a 30-minute tempo run between corporate board meetings, the same thing holds true for all of us: Running will change your life if you let it. From the elite...

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