Equity Services hosts Emma Sulkowicz

Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is hailing art as a form of healing and understanding. The school’s Equity Services brought Emma Sulkowicz, an award-winning artist and activist, to campus as the final part of Carleton’s International Womyn’s Week on March 10. Nearly 100 people braved the cold on Friday night to listen to Sulkowicz, a Columbia University visual arts graduate best known for her senior thesis, Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Sulkowicz began carrying her dorm mattress everywhere she went at Columbia in September 2014, intending to stop only if her alleged rapist was expelled or left the university. She carried the mattress for nine months until their joint graduation in May 2015. “When it comes to sexual […]

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Sexual assault prevention program comes to Carleton

Carleton is implementing the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act program, (EAAA), a sexual violence prevention program developed by Charlene Senn, a professor of applied social psychology at the University of Windsor. The EAAA involves a two-hour self-defence training course and 10 hours of educational activities meant to inform women of the strategies available to them for preventing an assault. Carrolyn Johnston, equity advisor and co-ordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Carleton, is in charge of rolling out the EAAA, and said via email that it is an excellent program in terms of meeting the standards of best practices. Johnston also confirmed that Carleton has already hired facilitators for the program. She said the goal for now is to run at least […]

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Bridging the gap: Resources for men who have been sexually assaulted

One in every eight men has been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime, according to Rick Goodwin, the founder and clinical director of Men and Healing, an Ottawa-based organization that provides sexual trauma therapy for men. But when considering experiences of childhood sexual abuse, he said that number becomes one in six. Goodwin added that male victims of sexual assault are less likely to report their experiences than women, and there are limited resources specifically for men. And yet, he said the issue of sexual violence against men tends to be swept under the rug. “As a man you’re supposed to be strong, powerful, in control. But the fact is, there are male victims out there and they’re […]

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Fifth annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week comes to campus

Carleton’s Equity Services hosted its fifth annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week from Feb. 23-27, featuring a series of events to keep students informed about consent, healthy relationships, and services available on campus for sexual assault survivors. The week kicked off with an information fair in the University Centre atrium, where a range of on- and off-campus groups ran booths to educate students. “We do a variety of events every year,” said Carrolyn Johnston, the co-ordinator of Sexual Assault Services on campus. “We change the speakers to cover a diverse range of topics.” The week is separate from the Carleton University Students’ Association’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week and Rideau River Residence Association’s Sex Week. “The different weeks may cover different aspects […]

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Student unions call for involvement in new sexual assault policy

Carleton announced mid-January it will be investigating a stand-alone sexual assault policy on campus, according to Carrolyn Johnston, equity advisor and co-ordinator of sexual assault services on campus. “We are currently researching the policies of other universities across Canada as a result of the Ontario government’s input on the issue,” she said in an email. Johnston said sexual assault at Carleton is currently addressed under the sexual harassment section of the university’s Human Rights Policies and Procedures. “How Carleton addresses sexual assault is driven by the wishes of the person who has disclosed a sexual assault,” she said. She also said the process in coming up with the new policy will include consultation with students, staff and faculty, but did […]

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