Sexual Harassment

Let's Prevent Harassment By Ending the Reign of 'Nice'

Clare Beckton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

It is time to end the reign of "nice" and to recognize that both men and women suffer from this tyranny of harassment and feelings of powerlessness. If women try to be nice to avoid problems and disruption of relationships, men may misunderstand and continue the harassment or it may embolden them to continue, not fearing any consequences for their actions.

For True Reform, Ask Women What They Need To Feel Safe

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

If a woman decides to leave the organization because of what she perceives to be a lingering toxic atmosphere, she will often have problems finding another job. Why? Nobody gets a good reference from an employer that was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint. Yet, human rights tribunals and the courts have made reprisals for asserting the right to be free from sexual harassment one of the most difficult types of discrimination to prove.

Raise Your Voice: How Lunch With Arlene Dickinson Changed The Conversation On Sexual Harassment

Carolyn Lawrence | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Business
Carolyn Lawrence

Arlene is one of the most successful women in our country, a celebrity entrepreneur, a voice for women and a voice for entrepreneurs. She picked our forum to use that voice: Not only to address a topic that is top of mind for our nation, but also to share her own personal experiences of being sexually harassed.

Buck 65, Rapper And CBC Radio Host, Speaks Out On Sexual Harassment

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Music

Buck 65 is both a rapper and a CBC Radio 2 host best known to Drive listeners as Rich Terfry. While out in Victoria in support of his new album "N...

Parliament 'Back In Another Decade'

CBC | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Politics

Parliament is in many ways living in another decade when it comes to how things work and how women are treated, NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie says. ...

But What Was She Wearing When She Got Harassed?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living

It's the question that's uttered way too many times when a woman gets catcalled or harassed. Victim blaming and slut shaming is too commonly assoc...

Sexual Freedom Is No Excuse for Sexual Assault

Marina Adshade | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

For many years, I have wondered what might be the limit of our tolerance for sexual freedoms. I have no doubt that that tolerance ends when those sexual freedoms infringe on the dominion, to use Ghomeshi's word, of one's own body. Given how difficult it is to determine when that is the case, or is not the case, however, I suspect we will be hearing many more stories of "poor persecuted perverts."

7 Strategies For a More Respectful World

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Aretha Franklin sang about it (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.), Rodney Dangerfield quipped about it ("I don't get no respect!"), and just about every workplace has a ...

Ghomeshi Scandal Makes Its Way To Ontario Legislature

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Music

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday she is "open" to studying the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, in light of allegation...

I Did Report It And Today I'll Share It: I Was Sexually Harassed In India

Komal Minhas | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Living
Komal Minhas

My last night in India had a moment like that. It shifted my experience for me, and I'm still working to process what has changed. He said, "men will be men." He manipulated my friendliness, my culture, my joy for life, and passion for my work as an open invitation to remind me that I was indeed in the centre of Delhi.

Why Your Daughters Need More Star Trek

Justin Beach | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada
Justin Beach

I haven't seen any surveys that say definitively how many five to twelve year old girls are frequenting comic book stores and watching Star Trek. I'm sure that the number, whatever it is, is higher than the numbers were in the 1970s but I'm willing to bet that it still disproportionately less than the number of boys.

Listen to Women Before Saying "Not All Men"

Tuval Dinner Nafshi | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Tuval Dinner Nafshi

I know that many of us feel hurt when men in general are blamed for violence against women. And many of us have or do feel the need to exclaim, "not all men!" And its true, not all men hurt women. And some of us have been hurt by women. But I encourage, implore, beg and hope all men will consider, just consider, what it means to walk through the world with the privilege of being seen as a man.

Blurred Lines? Sober Men Targeting Drunk Women In Bars, Says Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living

A new study has found that the "blurred lines" people encounter in bars and nightclubs are much clearer than we thought. Men are taking advantage o...

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...

Pickup Artists, Brash Boys, and Sexual Harassment

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

In the past day, two events occured: a kindergartner kissed a female classmate's hand, and a group of Toronto-based "Pick Up Artists" were shooed away from the Eaton Centre by public outcry and security teams. One of these situations has resulted in sex offender charges, and it's not the one you think.

Does Banter Dismiss Sexual Harassment?

CBC | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A female employee at a North Vancouver Sleep Country Canada store had her human rights claim for sexual harassment dismissed because she engaged in se...

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.

Giving Kids a Fighting Chance

Malkin Dare | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Malkin Dare

Everyone agrees that there is more bullying these days and that it could be handled better. However, no one is asking why the incidence of bullying has increased so markedly. People used to think that bullies act the way they do because they suffer from low self-esteem. The truth turned out to be exactly the opposite.

What We Must Learn From Steubenville

Erin Chrusch | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

As I read the reports, it is hard not to remember what it was like when I was in high school. I grew up in a typical small prairie town with good, honest hard-working people. Yet I'm sure that if we're being honest with ourselves, most of us know that what happened in Steubenville could have easily happened where we lived, in any city or town.

Egyptian Women Have a New Tool to Fight Sexual Harassment

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

With the help of a grant from Canada's International Development Research Centre, Rebecca Chiao is using online tools to help change Egyptian attitudes to sexual harassment and make the streets safer for women and men. It's called HarassMap.

DENIED

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The police officers named in Cpl. Catherine Galliford's sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP have all denied her allegations in stat...

Sexual Harassment IS Discrimination: Court

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Female tenants have the same rights to be free of sexual harassment as women in the workplace, the British Columbia Appeal Court says in a...

What It's Like Being Violated As a Teenage Girl

Emma Woolley | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Emma Woolley

I will never forget how excited I was to be invited to watch a movie with the popular boy I liked. I primped for hours. (I was, after all, a teenager grappling with my own new sexuality.) When I got there, he did not put on the movie we agreed to watch, but a porn film. I had never seen one before. He unzipped his pants, pushed and pulled at me. I cried the whole walk home. We don't talk honestly enough about what it's like being a teen girl, or what it can be like. If we did talk about it, what it was like for us, perhaps we wouldn't be so harsh on them. Perhaps we'd see their lives for the small and large violations they're often made up of; and what those violations do.

Sick Of Catcalls? Get A Comeback, Courtesy Of Your Phone

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Living

Catcalls, grabbings and far more dangerous forms of sexual harassment have plagued women in public for years, and now one app wants to give them a too...

Men Say It, Ladies Own It: You're Beautiful

Rachel Ryan | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada Living
Rachel Ryan

What is it about our Anglo-Saxon culture that dissuades men from politely complimenting the ladies at whom they can't help but gawk? Similarly, what is keeping us ladies from graciously accepting the compliments we so clearly enjoy?