Sexual Harassment

My Headphones Aren't A Barrier, They're My Lifeline

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Despite retaining my "anti social in style" persona, I've been interrupted more times than I can count by men telling me to take off my headphones so that they can talk to me. There have been times when they have literally jumped in front of me and blocked my path so that we could just "have a conversation" (and it's always the same one). The whole interaction is not just annoying; it often borders on invasive.

Pregnant Reporter May Press Charges Over 'FHRITP' Run-In

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living

Grown men who do this, look at your life. Look at your choices.

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.

The Absolute Tragedy Of The Ghomeshi Verdict

Adam Caldwell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Adam Caldwell

I am invested in this issue because women are my relations. I'm a dad, a son, a husband, a brother-in-law, and thinking, sentient member of the human race! The reasons this keeps happening cannot be solely blamed on the legal system; they start at home. There is a profound sickness within a society that would allow men to perpetrate violence against women with virtual impunity. What is it within men that we see women with so little regard? Too many men don't think there is a problem.

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!

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.

Canadian Olympic Committee Making Changes After Harassment Probe

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Business

"We failed our employees."

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."

Sexual Violence And Harassment Is Never Okay

Kathleen Wynne | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Wynne

Those who are affected by sexual violence and harassment do not feel safe, they do not feel heard, and they do not feel they can come forward. But little by little, we are making a positive change. And we're doing this by educating, empowering and informing people that sexual violence and harassment is never okay. Because we can and must change -- change the way we talk about sexual violence and harassment, how we confront misogyny and sexism, how we teach young people what consent means.

Canadian Olympic Committee To Expand Probes Into Aubut

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada

The committee will be asking an independent third party to lead the process.

Sexual Harassment Probe Begins Against COC Head

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada

A second woman has also come forward with her own allegations against Marcel Aubut.

Canadian Olympic Committee Chairman Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living

Marcel Aubut asked to step away from his duties for the duration of the investigation.

Canada Needs a Military Leader Who Doesn't Excuse Sexual Harassment

Matt Toner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Matt Toner

This past week, the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff -- the man at the very top of that metaphorical hill -- unwittingly let us all have a peek at the highest levels of thinking around this problem. Why would we accept Lawson's mumbly assertion that the military is powerless to alter people's "biological wiring"? This is actually a huge part of what the command structure has always done. The military indoctrinates soldiers so that they do such things not just without question, but to the best of their ability. So why is it so hard to indoctrinate them into a reasonable understanding of why sexual harassment is unacceptable?

MPs Given Code For Sexual Harassment Complaints

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics

The code of conduct, proposed by the Commons committee on procedural and House affairs, comes months after Parliament Hill was rocked by complaints of sexual harassment levelled by two female New Democrat MPs against two Liberal colleagues.

Here's the Difference Between Heckling and Sexual Harassment

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

A fellow comic, Jen Grant has been in the news. A lot of people, some of whom barely know her, have been standing up for her. I figure I should too, since she is one of my best friends, my next door neighbour, people often mistake us for sisters, plus she made me a muffin yesterday.

I'm the Ottawa Comic Who Was Sexually Harassed on Stage

Jen Grant | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Grant

It's hard to put into words how I felt at that moment. Scared. Objectified. Threatened. Invalidated. I felt like I was going to cry. Turned my head for about 15 seconds, took a sip of water, told myself to just plug through, went to talk and my voice was all warbled like I was about to cry. Realized I couldn't talk because I was so upset. Said into the microphone, "I'm sorry but I can't do this." I was not able to do my job because someone was sexually harassing me. As a stand up comic I do not have a Human Resources Department. The stage is my workplace and I was publicly humiliated, objectified and belittled.

This Is What Sexual Harassment Looks Like For Female Comedians

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living

When comedian Jen Grant was hired to perform at a seemingly benign corporate event for a printing association last week, she never thought she would h...

Sexual Bullying At Schools Has to Stop

Karyn Pickles | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Karyn Pickles

Ten-year-old Hannah used to love going to school but now the Ontario fourth grader is too scared to return and her mother Nicola can't blame her. On Monday, Hannah experienced the second of two incidents of bullying with a disturbingly sexual tone. Hannah's mother spoke to the school principal, and although the boy admitted to the incident, as far as she knows no further action was taken by the school. As of Wednesday, Nicola's calls to the superintendent and her school trustee had not been returned, and the principal did not respond to a request for comment for this post.

Why Hydro One Had to Fire Shawn Simoes

Olivia Collette | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Olivia Collette

People are now asking whether Shawn Simoes deserved to lose his job for defending his friend shouting FHRITP on-camera. I'm firm on this: he did. Hydro One's decision sends the message that this behaviour is categorically not okay. By firing Simoes, Hydro One is at least admitting that an individual's private and professional lives are never truly separate because the same person occupies both spaces. We're living in a post-Jian Ghomeshi setting, and while Ghomeshi hasn't been convicted, what he's accused of happened both at work and at home. The idea that one affects the other isn't far-fetched.

Did Hydro One Do The Right Thing By Firing Shawn Simoes?

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living

TORONTO - An Ontario company's decision to fire an employee caught hurling vulgarities at a female reporter is earning praise in many quarters, but ot...

Reporter Shuts Down 'FHRITP' Hecklers At TFC Game

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living

A social media firestorm touched off by a female TV reporter who fought back against sexually explicit taunts hurled by soccer fans has also cost one ...

Women Need Leaders to End Sexual Assault and Harassment

Clare Beckton | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

Premier Wynne, in Ontario, announced new measures recently to end sexual violence and harassment, using strong words to describe the purpose as being to end "the culture of misogyny" which is "deep-rooted in society." Misogyny goes beyond exercise of power and control to hatred of women and girls.

Arti Patel

New Photo Series On Sexual Aggression Is Disturbing And Powerful | Arti Patel | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living

Trigger warning: This article contains information about violence which may be triggering to survivors It's a light brush on the shoulder at work ...

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

Restorative Justice at Dalhousie Is a Depiction of Rape Culture

Isabelle Côté | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada
Isabelle Côté

The University of Dalhousie is currently facing a scandal regarding some fourth-year male dentistry students who have been caught posting sexually violent and misogynistic comments on a Facebook page. It was announced last night that the University will proceed with a restorative justice process. While some may think it might be an appropriate response to join together both parties in order to come to a mutual agreement on an appropriate punishment, in this particular case -- and in all cases of violence against women -- this route is likely to favour the perpetrators and disappoint or further victimize the female victims.