Canada Rape

'Stealthing' Is A Scary New Sex Trend Trying To Make Assault OK

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Living

Everyone needs to know about this.

Halifax Police Officers Take Pledge To Believe Sexual Assault Victims

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada

The force says sexual assault survivors may not report out of fear they won't be believed.

Russell Peters' Junos Rape Joke Was Even Worse Than You Think

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

"Look at all the young girls, this is a felony waiting to happen." That was the "joke" that Russell Peters used to open up the 2017 Junos on Sunday, an award show that had already been marred by a second consecutive year of the #JunosSoMale debate over gender-imbalanced nominees. Peters then proceeded to reduce Canada's heritage minister, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to being "hot." The show went on, but anger over Peters has continued to build as have the usual defenders crying about how it was just a joke. So let's unpack that.

Emma Paling

University Of Regina Group Offers 'Masculinity Confession Booth'

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Alberta

The confessional is part of a week-long offering of events at the University of Regina by Man Up Against Violence.

Three Women Open Up On How They Healed From Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living

"My quest for peace, change and forgiveness is constant. 'Cause the minute I give up — they win."

Feds Send Rape Kits To Ontario Reserves Amid Pressure

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2017 | Canada Politics

"Until we start to put the resources there ... the story of murdered and missing is going to go on and on.''

Women Around The World Have Suffered For Long Enough

Oxfam Canada | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Some of my most painful memories are of my friends and cousins crying as they were taken away to be married to men they didn't know, often much older. I grew up seeing young girls sheltered by my mother in our house from being forced into early marriage. Those were the fortunate few. There are many complex causes driving this violence against women and girls. But it is ultimately rooted in the reality that women and men are not treated equally.

Debunking Myths About Rape In Prison

femifesto | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

Prison rape: it's a common trope in television and movies. How often is the "don't drop the soap," joke casually tossed around? But what's the reality for sexual violence survivors in prisons? We spoke with El Jones and Mooky Cherian to learn more.

Queer Women Creating Consent Culture

femifesto | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

The rate of violent victimization is 2.5 times higher for Canadians who identify as gay or lesbian, as opposed to those who identify as straight. For those who identify as bisexual, it's four times higher. While there's been increased media attention to stories of sexual violence recently, queer women's stories are often left out of the picture.

The Only Good Thing To Come From Donald Trump

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Let's face it. The guy's a pig. A pig who thinks that when you're a "star," it's okay to grope women and kiss them without their consent, that it's not sexual assault. Wrong. But there may be one faint silver lining from all this -- and naturally, it has nothing to do with Trump himself.

Talking About Cis Men And Media Coverage Of Sexual Assault

femifesto | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

While cisgender men are much less likely to experience sexual violence than women and trans folks, it doesn't mean that men can't be survivors of violence. We sat down separately with anti-violence advocates Glen Canning and Derek Warwick to hear more about how we can ensure men who are survivors aren't erased from the conversation.

PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by people who she was told to trust.

Nate Parker's Past Won't Be Why I Boycott The Birth Of A Nation

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Bialystok

Survivors of sexual violence may not be able to watch Parker's work for similar reasons, and that's fine. But don't sit it out on principle. In the year of Black Lives Matter, #HollywoodSoWhite and a certain presidential candidate, Parker's questionable past doesn't disqualify him from advancing urgent conversations about race and American history.

McGill Must Change The Way It Handles Sexual Assault

Paniz Khosroshahy | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
Paniz Khosroshahy

I'm going to provide some gruesome details of rape to get the attention of the people who need to listen. I have tried more "respectable" ways of demanding accountability from McGill, ways that honour my own dignity, and they failed. At this point, I know nobody will listen unless I put my body on the line and make a scene.

Self-Love For Sexual Trauma Survivors Is The Key To Healing

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada
Nydia Dauphin

My personal journey reconnecting with myself after sexual trauma was long and sinuous. I went through different phases as I'm sure most of us do: outr...

Montreal Puppet Show Plays Song Called 'Prison Bi***' To Children

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada

Apparently it was, "the result of a series of small mistakes."

Beautiful And Brainy: 6 Inspiring Women

Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Living

Seven women who are embracing their own unique beauty and proving that behind their "pretty faces" is a powerful, intelligent, person.

An Open Letter To The Father Of Stanford Rapist Brock Turner

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

In the days following a heart-breaking letter from the victim, Brock Turner, promising frat boy, now rapist, has had the public in an uproar over the disgustingly light sentence he received. It was bad enough that a judge was more worried about the life of a rapist than he was about the life of a victim, but Turner's father, Dan, made the world even more sick to their stomachs. In a statement to the court, Mr. Turner said that Brock would, "Never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile," and that a heavy punishment would not match his son's "20 minutes of action."

Moms And Dads, Teach Consent Along With The Birds and Bees

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

I know this makes you uncomfortable to talk about. I sure don't want to hear it, either. But I need to. You're the people I trust most, and my first line of defence against regrettable or unwanted sexual encounters. Don't limit the sex talk to periods and how babies are made. Tell me EVERYTHING!

As A Counsellor, Here's Why I Think We Should Believe Survivors

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

There is no one common reaction to sexual assaults. Survivors' behaviours following such traumatic events can vary from minimizing the incident and pretending everything is fine (e.g. kissing and cuddling in the park, or writing gushing love letters, as DuCoutere did following the assault); to suppressing the incident altogether, essentially blocking it from your memory; to blaming yourself, somehow, in an attempt to rationalize the trauma. It is not unusual in my caseload to see women, years after the fact, still believing they were somehow responsible for the incident.

I Understand The Women Who Accused Ghomeshi, I've Been There

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.26.2017 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

This is the first time I have ever spoken publicly about what happened to me. It wasn't the first time I'd had an experience like this, but I pray to God that it was the last. I have been through countless hours of therapy and am now in a very healthy relationship with the greatest human being anyone could have the pleasure of knowing, and for that, I consider myself to be very lucky. Even though I felt better, I stayed silent, but the reason why I kept my silence for so long is not because it didn't happen. I kept my silence because of what happened during the Jian Ghomeshi trial.

A Rape Survivor's Reaction To The Jian Ghomeshi Verdict

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I was overcome with an immense feeling that can only be described as grief -- knowing that when the lights of the cameras dim, when the trial is no longer part of the news cycle, and when Jian Ghomeshi puts all of this in his rearview mirror, the loss and trauma will continue to reverberate in the lives of these three incredibly brave women, just as it echoes in the lives of survivors across the country and around the world.

These Fill-In-The-Blanks Show The Darkest Side Of Narcissism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

What if narcissism isn't what we assume it is? Yes, narcissists project an über-confident, egotistical image but most researchers believe this is merely a smokescreen to disguise extremely low or even non-existent self-esteem. I thought why not demonstrate it because actions speak louder than words.

Why Is Kesha Being Punished?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Sexual assault against women is rampant. Thousands of women are subject to it, every day, all over the world. Here in North America, where we pride ourselves on fairness and justice, women who make claims of sexual assault are often denied justice and even more often, they're raked over the coals by the lawyers of the men who've been accused.

Society Still Guilts Sexual Assault Victims For Defending Themselves

Donald D'Haene | Posted 02.12.2017 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

I grew up with men and women of faith telling me that a woman who does not physically fight off a rapist is guilty of fornication, yet she must not fight off a physical attack because violence is a sin. Methinks only the accused comes out of these scenarios without blame. Am I right?