Sexual Assault

Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Indonesia

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

I know the Bantlemans, and I too have taught at international schools in Asia. I met my husband--a guy from Edmonton--in the Middle East, and we had twins in Bangkok. I know the lure and the realization of what Mrs. Bantleman describes as wanting "to learn more about the culture and the people" of a far off land. I also can imagine how powerless you would be if incarcerated in a foreign country.

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

It's Been One Year to the Day Since I Last Saw Rehtaeh Alive

Glen Canning | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Today marks one year since I last saw my daughter Rehtaeh alive. The last time we spoke, the last good bye, and the last "I love you." She got out of my car and walked into her mom's house. On the way home she asked if we could stop at McDonald's. How I wish we did, one last time. Rae passed away April 7, 2013. It's been a year-long nightmare but I try to keep hold of myself. Now that I'm outspoken about our daughter's struggles I've unfortunately attracted the attention of the worst society has to offer. They send messages reminding me Rehtaeh is "worm food," she's dead because I failed as a father. But it's mainly through talking that I've learned the difference Rehtaeh made and the impact she's had on others.

Men Must Give Up Some Privilege For Violence Against Women to End

Isabelle Côté | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living
Isabelle Côté

Fear is a tactic repeatedly used to stop the denunciation of violence against women and to keep women oppressed. This fear forced on women by the patriarchal social order encourages women to remain silent and allows society to mask men's violence. Individually and collectively, we ask men to reflect on the ways in which they can question the exercising dynamics of power against women and contribute to the denunciation of men's superiority and domination.

A "Rape Culture" Tutorial for the Naysayers

Toula Drimonis | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

First off, and since International Women's Day is around the corner, can we take a minute to define 'rape culture' for those who seem to think it's an irrational and highly charged blanket statement that seeks to vilify all men for all sins? Even men who consider themselves feminists don't often get it, because they too come from a place of unconscious privilege.

Ottawa U President Announces 'Respect And Equality' Task Force

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - The University of Ottawa will appoint a task force to battle sexist behaviour and violence against women, president Allan Rock said Thursday ...

Doctor Who Assaulted Women Could Get Out On Bail

CBC | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada

Dr. George Doodnaught, the Toronto anesthesiologist  sentenced in February to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting female patients while they w...

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Men Should Stand Up to Rapists, Not Befriend Them

Glen Canning | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Glen Canning

Rapists rely on other men to excuse and justify their crimes against women. Other men who'll laugh at their jokes, invite them to parties, play sports with them, introduce them to other women. Men who'll give them jobs, feed them, and help them blame their victims even if it's by indifference. Men, good men, need to stand up and do to rapists and their supporters what we do to child molesters. Imagine the difference it would make if a man who jokes about rape and always doubts victims entered a room to silence, whispers, stares, and looks of disgust from other men. There is no difference between a man who rapes and a man who befriends and defends him.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

How To Undermine a Rape Victim: Woody Allen Edition

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Do not treat the victim as if they are a person with agency and thoughts and feelings. Tell yourself that it's rational and logical to want to know all sides of the story, though you never want to know the other side, the perpetrator's side, when your house is broken into or your wallet is stolen or your child is hit by a car. Tell yourself that we can never know for sure what happened and since a man's life can be destroyed by accusations of rape, it's best to err on the side of caution. Do not think about the girl whose life was destroyed when she was seven. Above all, never, ever, ever think about the ways that you might be complicit in this.

Should We Reintroduce "Rape"?

Michael Plaxton | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

Rob Anders, a Conservative Member of Parliament in Calgary, has announced that he will introduce a private members' bill seeking to reintroduce the crime of "rape." The proposal has met with some enthusiasm in some circles. That is not surprising. Well before the language of "rape" was excised from the Criminal Code, in 1983, the idea of collapsing all forms of non-consensual sexual touching into an all-encompassing offence of "sexual assault" was deeply controversial. One of the concerns raised is that, by restoring "rape" to the Criminal Code, other forms of sexual assault will be perceived as less significant.

Former Principal Admits To Sex Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A former B.C. school principal who has pleaded guilty to sexual assault will remain in custody over Christmas undergoing a psychiatri...

Movie Inspired by Delhi Gang Rape Puts Onus on Women

Manjot Bains | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Manjot Bains

It's been almost a year since a gang rape in Delhi overtook the news cycle and sparked protests and discussion about women's safety, sexual violence and patriarchy in India and around the world. On the eve of that anniversary, when we start to ask if there have been any real changes in policing, education and everything else, Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots) releases a short film called, That Day After Everyday, that looks at sexual harassment, surveillance and violence in India.

Talking to My Son About #Rapeface

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Last week my 12-year-old son and his friends used a term I hadn't heard before: "rape face." So we sat down to talk. He was emphatic that #rapeface wasn't actually about rape and rolled his eyes with a "mom, what's the big deal?" We need to be having these conversations with our kids and with our own peers about reclaiming words like rape if we want to start making a big deal about putting an end to rape culture.

Why "Sex-Positive" Feminism Is Negative For Me

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

I didn't realize that I wasn't a virgin until the day, after coming home from Grade 1, I finally worked up the courage to ask my mother what sex was. I remember experiencing a strange sinking feeling as she calmly described to me some vague approximation of the terrifying ritual which a group of older boys I knew had been forcing me to perform with them for some time. When I started to become acquainted in later years with the world of feminist activism, I immediately felt alienated by the ways in which mainstream feminist movements approached things like sexual empowerment and body acceptance. Almost 10 years later, the face of popular, "sex-positive" feminism seems to have changed very little.

40 Powerful Images Of Sexual Assault Survivors

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada Living

Caution: Trigger warning for sexual assault. Sometimes we come across a project that hits us so hard, it leaves us completely speechless. When...

Read Rehtaeh's Story Then Tell Me My Daughter Wasn't Raped

Glen Canning | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada
Glen Canning

I truly hope you read this with an open mind and just try to forget everything you know or think you know about this case. When you're finished you can conclude for yourself if you believe my daughter was telling the truth when she told the police she was raped.

Consensual Rape and the Culture of Victim Blaming

Shannon McClennan | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

This isn't the blog post I intended to write as my first contribution to Huffington Post Alberta. A lover of the arts, I wanted to be lightness and color, attempting--in my own way--to bring more much deserved attention to Calgary's burgeoning arts and culture scene. But then, things happen that derail me. Things like the 2013 Wimbledon women's champion--Marion Bartoli--being verbally assaulted online because she's "too ugly to win"(more on that later) and Marte Deborah Dalelv, of Norway, being acquitted of consensual rape following a business trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

"You Will Get Raped in That Dress"

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

According to a recent study, nearly one-quarter of adults aged 18 to 34 said women may provoke sexual assault by being drunk and 17 per cent believe women invite assaults by wearing short skirts. These antiquated attitudes are not held by the old-fashioned or aging demographic but by younger Canadians who. Why?

The One Thing "Don't Be That Girl" Got Right

Graham Templeton | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Graham Templeton

Rape education and prevention currently gives precisely no thought to appealing to its actual audience, and approaches men in a way that immediately puts them in a defensive frame of mind. Perhaps it's time to consider that what we need is not more anti-rape initiatives, but smarter ones.

One Issue Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers Might Agree On

Julie Mannell | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Mannell

Bodily autonomy doesn't just refer to the freedom to have an abortion, it also refers to the freedom from unwanted acts against the body -- including forced pregnancy. For once I think there could be an issue where pro-life and pro-choice supporters can ally, but for some strange reason it seems no one is talking about it.

DISTURBING Post Brags About Apparent Sexual Assault

CBC | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada

An anonymous online post on a Facebook page called Humber Epic Hookup Fails bragging about an apparent sexual assault has outraged Humber College, its...

The Ass-Backwards Response to Ass-Gate

Nikki Thomas | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Every time it feels like things can't possibly get any worse, Toronto politics finds a way to stoop to a new low. Rob Ford is engaged in yet another race to the bottom. Nonetheless, it's interesting to examine the attacks on Sarah Thomson, and the painfully-flawed logic behind them. But it's really worth examining the true meaning of the statements, and what it says about how sexual assault claims are treated. Exactly what burden of proof do we require before we believe a woman who claims assault? It seems that the court of public opinion requires a higher burden of proof than any other court in the land.

The Conservatives: Tough on Crime, Soft on Violence Against Women

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Every six days a Canadian woman is killed by her partner. As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Globally, one in three women will be a victim of violence -- being raped, beaten or abused in her lifetime. In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read. But women have taken a backseat to the government's other priorities.We could certainly be doing more to help women who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, which in many cases in the developing world results from rape.