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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Our Turn publishes national action plan against sexual violence

Our Turn, a student-led initiative to end sexual violence on campus, launched a National Action Plan on Oct. 11 from McGill University’s campus, according to a press release. The National Action Plan lays out a list of principles that student unions can adopt to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and advocate for change on their campuses, according to the document. The plan, according to the release, was created by three Carleton University students along with the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). The action plan also includes scores for sexual violence policies from 14 school across the country, almost half of which failed to score higher than a ‘C’ grade. According to the document, the policies are graded on a […]

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Letter: Sexual Violence Policy criticism warrants changes now

Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy is a product of the provincial government passing Bill 132 in 2016. The Bill outlines that all Ontario universities who receive public funding are required to develop a sexual violence policy that outlines resources available to survivors, the reporting process, and requires input from the students as well as revision at least once every three years. Although Carleton University presented many drafts of the policy and consulted with both students and staff over the policy, it was evident that it was a rush for Carleton to establish a cohesive and competent sexual assault policy by the January 2017 deadline. On Dec. 1, 2016, however, the policy was presented to and passed by the Board of Governors. […]

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Opinion: Educate frosh about sexual violence

I am certain that many individuals would praise the fact that Carleton frosh facilitators advertise sexual assault support services on their jerseys and would commend the fact that Diversity and Sexual Violence was the first topic to be discussed during the Fall Orientation leader training. The Consent Team implemented by student group Our Turn is also a good step forward. The truth of the matter, however, is that in comparison to the sexual violence ravaging universities across the country, these efforts are meagre in combatting this epidemic. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent how these bright initiatives and promising pursuits often do not yield much progress in advancing consent education and reducing sexual violence during frosh. For example, although we […]

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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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