Conversations around sexual violence spike in the wake of #MeToo

Carleton is seeing an increase in discussions around sexual assault and harassment and using resources in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo movement, created by social activist Tarana Burke and popularized on Twitter by American actress Alyssa Milano, has been credited with starting a more nuanced dialogue about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace in the wake of a wave of accusations in Hollywood, in political circles, and on social media. Holly Smith, one of the co-ordinators of the Womyn’s Centre at Carleton, said she is seeing this trend firsthand. “We are seeing a massive increase of people talking more openly [about sexual violence],” she said. While she has facilitated more peer support this semester than in […]

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Letter: Don’t understate sexual violence through partisan politics

On the evening of Jan. 25, the #MeToo movement came alive in our own backyard as allegations against Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) party leader, surfaced. We watched as his executive team members released consecutive statements that they would be resigning from positions as campaign manager, chief of staff and Ontario PC press secretary. He stood alone at the emergency press conference held at Queen’s Park in the early morning and assured the public that these allegations were “categorically untrue” and since he grew up with sisters, such claims could not be true. He then exited the building quickly, but not before telling the press, “I will be at work in the morning.” Brown then resigned a […]

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Letter: Celebrities need to check their own hypocrisy before supporting Time’s Up

This past week, the 75th annual Golden Globes took place in California. The show ran for three hours, reached an audience of 19 million, and featured Seth Meyers as its host. Beyond the talk of complimentary champagne, the Stranger Things cast, and Oprah Winfrey’s lifetime achievement award, there was a deeper conversation happening. While watching the award show, you probably noticed the sea of black gowns and suits flooding the red carpet. Many celebrities chose to wear black in support for the Time’s Up legal defence coalition and their #MeToo movement. #MeToo was coined by civil rights activist Tarana Burke. The movement later picked up when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to share their experience of sexual harassment or assault […]

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Editorial: Unwanted advances should not be victim’s responsibility

In the wake of sexual assault and harassment accusations that began with film mogul Harvey Weinstein, performing arts industries around the world have found that they aren’t immune to predatory behaviour directed towards women. Canada is no different, and some acting students at the University of Windsor have started taking self-defence classes and intimacy workshops to protect themselves against sexual assault when they enter the world of theatre. While self-defence classes are an undoubtedly good way to learn practical skills for dire situations, they imply that the onus is on the victim to fend off unwanted advances. Solidarity campaigns like #MeToo have begun to shift the blame from survivor to abuser, but many survivors are still victim-blamed and are asked […]

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Opinion: Weinstein case shows deeper problems

This week in Hollywood, Ariel Winter was spotted having a candid kiss with boyfriend Levi Meaden in an Los Angeles grocery store, Kylie Jenner posted a busty photo on Instagram- and leading movie producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting 34 women and counting. In just one week, the climate in the entertainment industry changed, as multiple women came forward with their stories of a predator. On Oct. 11, Cara Delevingne posted on Instagram that Weinstein had tried to coerce her to kiss another woman in his hotel room. They had worked together when Weinstein produced the 2015 film Paper Towns and met up to discuss a new movie role. Delevingne wrote that she was instructed to accept Weinstein’s […]

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