Last week was one of the most distressing in this blog’s history. By now you may have heard that one of our former contributors, Gabe Toro, recently pleaded guilty to some unspeakably awful crimes. We were deeply shaken by these revelations and have been at a loss for the past several days. Our thoughts go out to the victim, to her family and her friends.
Like all the outlets he was affiliated with, we are trying to find our own way to deal with a now painful association. After careful consideration we have elected not to remove his historical contributions from the site, however, as to do so would feel like an attempt to deny acknowledging that his work ever appeared here.
On a personal note, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this statement. I have been struggling to form a cogent response, and the failure to do so sooner is my own fault, and should not reflect on the Playlist team.
Again, our hearts go out to the victim. For anyone needing help or support in dealing with sexual abuse, or if you know someone who does, please contact 1.800.656.HOPE. Other outlets and resources include Safe Horizons, PAAR.net, National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, Pandora’s Project, Darkness To Light. And there are lots of helpful links over at The National Center of Victims of Crime.