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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Sex Blog: Party hard, party safe

Congratulations on your graduation from high school! You have officially moved on to post-secondary education, where people complain constantly about their dire need for sleep, yet continue to attend frat parties on Tuesdays. University is also a great source of confusing student politics, awkward conversations with important people, over-caffeinated adolescents and random philanthropic causes. As Monica Geller said to a very wet, unwed Rachel Green: “Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” This new, real-world experience begins with a hype week of wild activities and lit event nights hosted by Carleton’s Student Experience Office, also known as frosh week. Below are a few must-follow tips to ensure a smooth start to your university experience: Don’t let […]

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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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Opinion: Students can’t afford to ignore call for feedback

We are all impacted by sexual violence. Whether it be ourselves, our friends, classmates, professors, or other members of the Carleton University community, sexual violence knows no boundaries and transcends all identities in complex and intersecting ways. Suzanne Blanchard, vice president (students and enrolment), sent out the new Carleton draft Sexual Violence Policy to all members of the Carleton community on Oct. 6. In this email, Blanchard asked students to send in feedback and responses to the draft policy by Oct. 28. Initially, the draft policy seems to be a comprehensive and progressive sexual violence policy, leaving readers with the impression that this new policy will make Carleton a leader among Canadian universities in the area of campus sexual violence […]

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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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