Consent Team educates new students

Every fall, incoming first-year Carleton students are presented with information they need to adjust to university. On Sept. 2—the first day of Fall Orientation—students and parents met the “Consent Team,” a new initiative to fuel a conversation about consent and sexual violence on campus. The team was championed by Kelsey Gilchrist, the co-chair of Our Turn Carleton, a student-led sexual violence prevention initiative. The idea then received additional support from Equity Services and the Student Experience Office. According to Jenna Lambert, the program co-ordinator of Sexual Assault Support Services at Equity Services, the team is made up of 16 student volunteers. Lambert said in an email that the team aims to inform students and their parents about campus resources and […]

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Letter: Carleton’s support for assault victims sets an example

Jian Ghomeshi is a famous radio host who may have once celebrated booking a high-profile celebrity on his show. Last week, he had his aquittal to celebrate, where he was found not guilty on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. The acquittal, according to defence lawyer Marie Heinen, was on the grounds there were discrepancies in the complainants’ testimonies. After allegations of the assault were publicized, many of Ghomeshi’s colleagues came forward to express their lack of surprise. And yet, it was the victims’ credibility that was doubted in court. Assault trials often involve the victims’ pasts being brought forward to discredit their accusations. Rape victims must fit a certain image in order for people to […]

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