No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP

by Janet Merlo, Janet Merlo

Breakwater Books Ltd. | October 23, 2013 | Trade Paperback

No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
A stunning personal account of Janet Merlo's twenty years of service in the RCMP, with an introduction by Linden MacIntyre. In 2012, 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, she says, because there was no one to tell. In this 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. 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, and her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: October 23, 2013

Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550814346

ISBN - 13: 9781550814347

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever Janet Farrell (merlo) Janet you once told me you believed I was your hero because of what I have endured in my life! Well my friend after an hour and a half of reading your book to the end I can honestly say you are my hero! The emotions I felt while reading must have been ten fold for you! My friend you are a true hero for standing up for yourself your girls and the people in the lawsuit! We are no longer the little girls we once were at St. Columbus primarily school! We are grown women who have lived through hell and back and we will continue to live as long as theres breath in our lungs because we know what we have faced and we came out of it stronger than ever before! Oh by the way you will always be Janet Farrell to me!LOL
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No One to Tell I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am very proud of Janet Merlo for being so strong and standing up and telling the world what it was like on the inside of the RCMP. Too often women, or those being abused are silent because no one wants to listen or hear about it. Her book is going to help thousands of women, and men, do the same: Stand up and tell! A note to Chapters: I went to purchase a couple more of these books to give as gifts and they were really hard to find. The were in the Political Science section. Really?!!!
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harassment As much as I have a great respect for the RCMP, I find it deplorable they would treat their female officers this way. equal work demands Equal respect for each other. These offending officers need to be disciplined severely and cast out of the force for how they have treated these women
Date published: 2013-11-25

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No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP

No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP

by Janet Merlo, Janet Merlo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: October 23, 2013

Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550814346

ISBN - 13: 9781550814347

From the Publisher

A stunning personal account of Janet Merlo's twenty years of service in the RCMP, with an introduction by Linden MacIntyre. In 2012, 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, she says, because there was no one to tell. In this 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. 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, and her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change.

About the Author

Janet Merlo is a retired member of the RCMP. Originally from Harbour Grace, Merlo now lives with her two daughters in St. John's, Newfoundland. She is the representative plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit against the RCMP.

Leslie Vryenhoek is a St. John's-based writer and editor whose poetry, fiction and memoir have appeared across Canada and internationally and have won several awards. She is the author of Scrabble Lessons (fiction, 2009) and Gulf (poetry, 2011), both published by Oolichan. For two decades she has worked as a communications professional in education, development, emergency response and arts, including for the University of Winnipeg, the Canadian Red Cross, and Memorial University. She is currently the writer and editor for the international research/action network WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing). Leslie is also the director of Piper's Frith: Writing at Kilmory Resort.

Linden MacIntyre is one of Canada's most distinguished broadcast journalists. The winner of nine Gemini Awards, he is the co-host of CBC Television's the fifth estate, and has been involved in the production of documentaries and stories from all over the world. MacIntyre was born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton. He now lives in Toronto. http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/linden-macintyre.html#.UVMytBesiSo

Editorial Reviews

The impunity of RCMP officers who use obscenity and sex and power as tools in their trade is spreading like a stain on a national icon. Will disclosure force change? No One to Tell is a test case for an organization that was once the pride of the nation.