Drug facilitated sexual assault: what you should know before Frosh 2017

If you have ever hesitated before taking a sip of the drink you left with a friend at a bar, you are not alone. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) happens more than you think, and it’s four times more likely to occur to someone while they’re completing their post-secondary education, according to Carleton University’s Equity Services webpage. Carole Miller, a crisis counsellor for the Ottawa Police Service, has spoken with many people who have experienced sexual assault, but said it happens more often in universities where experimentation with alcohol and sexuality is already happening. “It’s a tough subject, and normal rites of passage, normal, healthy experimentation is happening anyways,” she said. According to the Equity Services department webpage, “[DFSA is] […]

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Researchers aim to fight hate speech by listening, not censoring

A new educational pilot project aimed at combating and raising awareness of online hate speech has recently been launched by researchers at Concordia University and Brock University. Rather than shutting down hate speech, the project is developing material aimed at critically analyzing and addressing hateful attitudes. The initiative, titled “Project SOMEONE,” was created to “sensitize youth, educators, and the broader public – both within and outside of Canada – to patterns of online hate with the goal of building resilience against hate speech and radicalization,” according to the project’s website. Tieja Thomas, a co-principal investigator of the project at Concordia University, said she and her colleagues saw a need for programming to help people develop critical thinking and digital literacy […]

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Toilet trouble & transphobia: Controversy over gender-neutral washrooms

“Going to the washroom where I want to means acceptance,” said Michelle, a Carleton student who wishes to remain anonymous. According to Kate Krug, an anthropology and sociology professor at Cape Breton University, gender-neutral and gender-inclusive washrooms permit all individuals to enter without discrimination based on one’s preferred gender identity. “[They] are washrooms that are not sex specific, they are not designated for males or females . . . they are just washrooms,” Krug said. “There are a host of folk for whom sex-specific washrooms just don’t work, some of those are trans folk. People whose gender presentation doesn’t necessarily line up with their biological in the way that is expected,” Krug said. Krug added gender-neutral washrooms also benefit parents […]

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Equity Services hosts sexual assault awareness week

Several student-run service centres collaborated with Carleton Equity Services to organize this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Running from Feb. 8 to 12, the week’s events, including workshops, speakers, performers and an information fair, were jointly planned by Equity Services, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and service centres such as the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre and the CUSA Womyn’s Centre. “It’s the university’s week, but [Equity Services] did a really good job reaching out to all the stakeholders on campus,” said Maddie Adams, CUSA vice president (student issues). “Each group was given a day, and we were to plan something on that day.” Jenna Spagnoli, administrative co-ordinator at the CUSA Womyn’s Centre, said the Womyn’s […]

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Ontario bill to make schools create sexual harassment policy

The Ontario government revealed legislation on Oct. 27 intended to create a uniform post-secondary and workplace policy on sexual harassment, and curb incidents of sexual violence. The bill would require all colleges, universities, and private career colleges to create stand-alone policies dealing with sexual violence and review them—with student input—every three years, according to a press release. The legislation also includes workplaces, and would force managers to take sexual harassment complaints more seriously and make it easier for victims to pursue legal action. Current workplace health and safety laws do not mention sexual harassment, though they prohibit “workplace harassment.” If passed, sexual harassment will be specifically defined in the new legislation, according to a press release. The proposed Sexual Violence […]

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