Sexual Harassment

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

Jen Grant | Posted 05.21.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

When Will Governments Get Tough on Sexual Harassment?

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

It's no longer a matter of discretion on the part of employers to permit smoking in the workplace. Why? Because its effects are known to be toxic. Sexual harassment can be no less toxic to those affected. It's time our political leaders got that message. They need to stop allowing employers, including governments themselves, to turn a blind eye when sexual harassment and reprisals occur, and put in place tough laws that really protect women.

Female CBC Reporters Condemn 'Disgusting, Filthy' Prank

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Living

Female CBC reporters are outraged by recent incidents of men yelling an obscene phrase at them on camera. Three journalists at the broadcaster hav...

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

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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 01.24.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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...