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'Dalhousie Hates Women' Hashtag Emerges Following Rape Comments On Students' Facebook

12/18/2014 06:17 EST | Updated 12/18/2014 11:59 EST
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People upset over a series of sexually violent Facebook posts by male dentistry students at Dalhousie University have started a hashtag, #DalhousieHatesWomen, to register their anger at the page's content and the school's response.

CBC News reported Monday that the university was investigating a closed Facebook page titled "Class of 2015 DDS Gentlemen."

Posts, which apparently involved female dentistry students, included a poll asking which woman they would like to "hate-f***" and made "jokes" about chloroform.

Another post showed a woman wearing a bikini with a caption saying, "Bang until stress is relieved or unconscious (girl)."

Dalhousie president Richard Florizone announced measures to address the posts Wednesday, which would include a "restorative justice process" that women involved in the case had chosen themselves.

"Our immediate response to this incident, however, is only part of the story," Florizone said in a statement. "Our overall response must also address cultures of sexism, misogyny and sexualized violence. We must ensure an inclusive community that offers a healthy and safe learning and working environment for all."

The university's response did little to assuage the feelings of many social media users, who criticized its actions and expressed their anger about the comments on the Facebook page.

This is how they responded, tweeting under #DalhouseHatesWomen.

A Change.org petition calls on the university to "Expel the students who were members and/or participated in the Facebook group called 'Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen.'"

It reads, "Not one individual, regardless of sex, age or gender that participates in a group that condones violence towards women including rape, the drugging of females and other misogynistic attitudes should ever be placed in a position of trust."

As of Wednesday night, it had 5,098 supporters.

Meanwhile, a letter from the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre also called on the university to kick them out.

"We ask that Dalhousie University take the initiative to show its female students and the community it resides in, that rape and sexualized violence will not be taken lightly," it said.

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