The following statement is from Signatory Margaret Atwood and was drafted with input and guidance from UBC Student Elaine Corden.
We’re sorry we hurt any survivor people out there by seeming lacking in empathy for your experiences. Our letter was not intended to wound you, but it seems to have done, and for that we apologize. We do not intend to discourage anyone from speaking up in future, and hope the University will put in place a workable support system. To survivors of abuse, we were, are, and will be your allies.