Assault allegation shakes birding community
Content caution: This post talks about rape and also might not appropriate for all visitors.
An accusation of rape by a popular man American birder has actually stunned the birding globe and also has actually resulted in his elimination or resignation from famous settings.
The discovery happened on Monday, February 15, when Aisha White, an Atlanta birder, uploaded a comprehensive tale on her blog site, which she shared on Twitter, charging Jason Ward of raping her while both were birding with each other on November 27, 2020, in an Atlanta- location park. Ward was the host of the prominent YouTube collection “Birds of North America,” was a coordinator of in 2015’s Black Birders Week, and also simply this month had actually been included in a Nissan business.
White, an electronic online marketer and also part-time freelance author, created that she and also Ward satisfied in very early October, when she signed up with a birding school trip he led. He quickly called her through social media sites, and also they began going birding with each other.
Eventually, both were dating, however at the end of an all-day birding getaway in late November, White declares that Ward compelled himself on her versus her will. A day or more after the case, she finished their partnership.
White’s article really did not name Ward, however she created that her assaulter was “an authority in locations of variety and also addition,” which he organized a birding program that “takes him to places around the nation.” Birders on Twitter promptly reasoned that Ward was the male concerned, and also White later on verified that by calling him in a tweet.
White decreased to comment for this post. Ward has actually not replied to an ask for remark.
On Tuesday of this week, White developed a GoFundMe web page to look for funds for a feasible lawful situation versusWard More than $32,600 has actually been contributed until now.
A speedy deplatforming
On Tuesday, Ward surrendered from his duty as primary variety policeman at American Bird Conservancy, a work he began inNovember The National Audubon Society, Ward’s previous company, uploaded a declaration that checks out partially: “During his period at Audubon, which finished in January 2020, we had no info of any type of unsuitable– a lot less criminal– conduct or we would certainly have done something about it as soon as possible. Based on the article, we have actually finished our partnership with him right away and also completely.”
Nissan got rid of the commercial that included Ward, the manufacturing business Topic Studios got rid of “Birds of North America” from every one of its systems, and also the American Birding Association took episodes of its podcast offline that included Ward as a visitor. Georgia Audubon, which Ward was leading the school trip for on the day he and also White satisfied, finished its agreement with him for leading day trip and also later on claimed that it was “stopping all volunteer- and also contractor-led tasks, consisting of day trip to ensure that we might carry out a comprehensive assessment of our treatments and also procedures.” And Black AFinSTEM, the team that arranged Black Birders Week, eliminated Ward from the company.
In enhancement, numerous birders, birding clubs, and also companies uploaded declarations sustainingWhite
The initial variation of this post consisted of various other accusations. Bird Viewing has actually eliminated them from this tale.
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