Sexual Abuse

Reserves Desperately Need Mental Health Funding: Frontline Workers

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada

Mental health services are "at best probably minimal and at worst non-existent."

Child Abuse To Be A Key Theme In Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada

The link is undeniable, sources say.

Isolation Conceals Abuse, Incest In Indigenous Communities: Chief

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada

Bellegarde is pleading with chiefs to confront the problem head-on.

Men Like Trump Are Why Society Turns On Victims Of Sexual Assault

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We see how women aren't taken seriously by almost anyone when they speak up about their experiences of sexual abuse, assault or harassment. As a result, we grow up not trusting that in matters of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, we'll be taken seriously or accorded our proper rights.

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.

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.

Ontario Victims Of Abuse Can Now End Their Lease Early

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living

"It's a huge step for women's rights."

4 Ways You Can Start Living With Resilience Now

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I think it's safe to say that as a society, we are rather risk-averse. We are eager to walk a smoother path, and are naturally drawn to life hacks, shortcuts and workarounds. But are we doing ourselves, and more importantly our children, a disservice by sidestepping the lessons of adversity?

Do Women Want To Use Do-It-Yourself Swabs?

Lyba Spring | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The promotional material for the $85.00 kit argues that women find testing "awkward" and that they may not have time to see a health professional. They also see at-home privacy as a plus.

Woody Allen's Cast And Crew Are Guilty Too - And So Are You

Lydia Lovric | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

If Hollywood actors and producers turned their backs on the likes of Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Terry Richardson it would send a strong message of support to victims. And for many victims who know that the prospect of a criminal conviction is faint at best, seeing their alleged abuser publicly shamed or ostracized is the only morsel of justice they will ever be served.

What Will It Take To End Sexual Assault?

Anuradha Dugal | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Anuradha Dugal

There are many cases of sexual assault and harassment that never get reported, because our society normalizes them. Most women have had these experiences in a bar, in the street, in the gym, in a place of work, by a friend, by a co-worker, by a partner. Unwanted sexual touching and groping is ALWAYS sexual assault. We need to see this, name it and end it.

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

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.30.2016 | 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!

The Jian Ghomeshi Verdict Proves The Flawed Law Works

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Many legal definitions of sexual assault, including Canada's, try to balance two things: the rights of the accused to remain innocent until proven guilty, and the rights of the complainants to seek justice in a fair and balanced court of law. However, our laws are strongly biased in favour of the accused because of one little clause.

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

Lenora Thompson | Posted 03.15.2016 | 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.

Judge Overturns Sex Assault Conviction Because Of One Small Detail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada

The judge said the appellant changed his testimony.

These 'Romantic' Gestures In Media Can Be Abusive In Real Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

On TV and in the movies, we see men and women exhibiting terrible behaviours, but the characters on the receiving end most often react as though these actions were reasonable and acceptable, giving the viewing audience the wrong message about how to go about their own relationships.

5 Things I've Learned From Being A Survivor Of Rape

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As I suspect is the case with many other people across the country, I am closely watching the Jian Ghomeshi trial. There were times yesterday when I found myself holding my breath, wishing that this very public trial might be a pivotal moment in our society -- one in which we can finally begin to openly and honestly address the prevalence of sexual violence in our communities.

Canada Urged To Lead Fight Against UN Peacekeeper Sex Abuse

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Stephen Lewis, a former Canadian ambassador to the UN, is one of the leaders of the international coalition.

One Survivor's Reaction To Sex Offender Graham James' Parole

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

There are stories I come across in the news that leave me feeling angry, frustrated and, at times, bewildered. But hearing the news that parole had been granted to Graham James, the disgraced former hockey coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys in his care, left a hollow ache of deep sadness in me.

Ontario Needs To Do More About Doctors Who Abuse Patients

Lorian Hardcastle | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lorian Hardcastle

Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons receives numerous deeply concerning reports of doctors sexually abusing their patients each year despite the adoption of a "zero tolerance" approach to such abuse 20 years ago. This persistent problem has eroded public trust in doctor self-regulation.

3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby Charges

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

It finally happened. After months of accusations from over 50 women with horrific tales of sexual assault, Bill Cosby's luck has run out. On December 30th, 2015, Cosby stood before a judge, faced charges of indecent assault, and paid more money in bail than most people see in their lifetimes. If convicted, Cosby could face a mere $25,000 fine and ten years in prison. These are charges from only ONE of the women, Andrea Constand, who says she became friends with Cosby when she worked at Temple University.

Ontario Has Become 'A Major Hub' For Trafficking Young Girls

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't think any of us were prepared for what we heard."

Canadians Are Leading The Conversation About Gender Violence

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

"Violence against women is a violation of the most basic human rights," Prime Minster Justin Trudeau reflected. I would like to highlight two Canadian women who have faced tremendous tragedy in their lives, yet have pulled them together and are inspiring us all to embrace better ideals in our citizenship.

UBC Failed Its Sexual Assault Victims On Every Level

Michael Stewart | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Stewart

The women Mordvinov allegedly assaulted made multiple complaints at the departmental level, at UBC's Equity Inclusion Office, to Associate Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay, the UBC ombudsperson and Student Conduct and Safety Services. There were likely more. Every office failed these women.

How Eating Disorders Impact Sexuality

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

There is an association between low BMI and loss of libido, sexual anxiety and sexual relationships. These findings are consistent with the explanation that low body weight impairs the physiological functioning of sexual organs.