At the Letters: Academic and cultural perspective on the Osuna case

Hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling, At the Letters connects Toronto Blue Jays fans with the stories, numbers and characters surrounding the team. Expect new episodes every Wednesday.

In the latest episode, Arden and Ben seek perspective on the Roberto Osuna assault charge and subsequent MLB discipline with two guests: Barb MacQuarrie, community director at Western University for the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children and a recipient of the Order of Ontario, and Marly Rivera of ESPN and ESPN Deportes…

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Here’s how the conversation unfolds:

• Ben and Arden start by interviewing Barb MacQuarrie, whose research on domestic violence can be applied to Osuna, the Toronto Blue Jays and MLB (3:10).

• Further reading by Western University’s Barb MacQuarrie: Domestic Violence at the Workplace: Investigating the Impact of Domestic Violence Perpetration on Workers and Workplaces.

• ATL then welcomes Marly Rivera of ESPN and ESPN Deportes for a discussion about Osuna. Rivera provides personal insight on Osuna plus cultural context that’s relevant to this case and others (23:30).

• As mentioned within the episode, there are resources available to those dealing with abuse, including the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, various Government of Canada family resources, the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses.

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