May 15, 2017

New Alberta-wide plan aims to tackle sexual violence

Posted in Current Events, Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:09 pm by sacetalks

Please read this important article, highlighting a new Alberta action plan to improve services for people who experience sexual assault. “The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is on track to seeing its client numbers nearly double this year due to a shift in awareness and understanding” says SACE Executive Director Mary Jane James.

The full interview is available on CBC Edmonton at the 4.00 minute mark.

June 2, 2014

Misogyny Is Not Mental Illness

Posted in Current Events, hate crimes, Men's role in sexual assault, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture, Uncategorized, Victim Blaming at 8:39 pm by sacetalks

Written by Cynthia

We can’t write the Isla Vista killer off as “just another crazy person”. First and foremost, this is a cruel disservice to people living with mental health disabilities, who are actually far more likely to be victims of violent crime than its perpetrators. Yes, Elliot Rodger saw a therapist. But, by his own admission, that’s not why he killed and injured people. He did so because he believed he was entitled to women’s bodies and was enraged that they didn’t see it his way.

What’s more, he expressed these ideas in multiple Internet forums where they went utterly unchallenged. Some of those forums are even devoted to promoting such hatred. They’re reinforcing a deeply toxic concept of manhood that hurts everyone involved.

Misogyny is the issue here, not mental illness. But it’s not just present on the forums Rodger haunted; as PZ Myers puts it, “[I]t’s not just MRAs and PUAs that spread that poison. Every politician and media blowhard who bargains away women’s rights, who dismisses efforts to correct economic inequities, or patronizingly decides that they must manage women’s lives for them, is polluting the atmosphere further.”

The #YesAllWomen hashtag on Twitter (so-called as a response to the frequent cry “Not all men” that often reframes issues of violence against women to be about men) showcases these issues, too, as people relate stories of misogynist violence and misogynists attempt to commandeer the tag by posting vitriol. Also on Twitter, Melissa McEwan sums up the problem with pointing at mental illness as the cause of this mass murder: “Dismissing violent misogynists as ‘crazy’ is a neat way of saying that violent misogyny is an individual problem, not a cultural one.” Indeed: if Elliot Rodger was sick, then society itself is sick.

What’s the cure? Continuing to challenge the idea that anyone is entitled to access another person’s body. Continuing to reinforce that women are not prizes earned by accumulating possessions or currying favour. Continuing to, as this mom did in this fantastic post, teach our children this lesson.

October 18, 2012

Amanda Todd and the Degendered Language of Bullying

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, hate crimes, Myths, New Release, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 11:01 pm by sacetalks

Ok, we need to talk about Amanda Todd. We need to talk about Amanda Todd and the misogyny and sexism that led to her death and we need to talk about the deficient language of degendered, deraced and depoliticized “bullying”. I know that I am not the first person to make these connections, but I think the incredibly tragic circumstances that led to Todd’s death need to be widely examined and recognized.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the specifics of this story here is a brief overview: Amanda Todd was a 15 year old girl from BC who recently committed suicide. The factors that led her to make the decision to take her own life are as follows: When Todd was in Grade 7, she was convinced by a man (who she believed to be a boy her own age) in a chat room to flash her breasts on webcam.  He persuaded her to do this by telling her that she was beautiful, perfect and stunning.

A year later, she received a Facebook message from this man in which he threatened to send the screen shot he took of her flashing to everyone she knew if she did not give him “a show”. This man knew personal information about her. He knew the names of her friends and family and what school she attended. Todd did not comply with this demand. This man followed through with his threat and circulated the photo. As a result of the circulation of this picture, Todd was ostracized at her school. She was severely slut-shamed and humiliated on a daily basis. She tried switching schools but the picture and slut-shaming followed her.

 At one point, she met a boy who convinced her that he liked her. Under this pretense, they had sex. The boy later revealed he was lying, he did not have romantic feelings towards Todd, and he made a joke out of Todd for believing him and having sex with him. A veritable lynch mob, including the boy, came together to further slut-shame Todd and even physically assaulted her. Following this event, Todd made her first attempt at suicide. The harassment continued unabated even after this. Last month, after two years of sexual harassment, abuse and isolation, she made a YouTube video telling her story and asked for understanding. Last Wednesday, she took her own life.

Since this story broke, there has been an international outcry against “bullying”. Widespread condolences have been sent to her family and renewed commitments to taking “bullying” seriously have been made by many school and government officials. However, there is very little mention of the sexism and misogyny that defines Todd’s story, and there is even less recognition of the systemic and structural causes of Todd’s torment. Her story is different from the everyday experience of girls and women by degree, not by kind. Saying Todd’s life was claimed by “bullying” obscures the real, concrete ways people experience oppression because of gender, race, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness. It also denies the many ways that these characteristics constrain and shape a person’s behavior, actions and life.

For instance, much of the news coverage focuses on the fact that once a girl has a nude picture on the web, that picture can never be taken back. Framing the issue like this suggests that the moral of the story is “girls, don’t put pictures of yourself on the internet because look what can happen”. This understanding of Todd’s story misses two key points: First of all, we cannot fairly hold girls accountable for behaving in ways that suggest their self worth is based on their desirability and sexuality without also taking responsibility for the fact that we as a society force this message down their throats. We do this with media, with advertising, with lingerie football, with cheerleaders, with Halloween costumes, with jokes, with off-hand comments, with fairy tales, with coloring books, and with Barbie dolls, to name just a few examples. Secondly, where is mention of the perpetrators in this “moral”? Why isn’t the moral of the story “don’t spread pornographic images of people around without their consent, and if you receive a pornographic image of someone without their consent, know that this person is being victimized by an abuser, delete the picture(s) immediately, and support the victim/survivor by letting them know that what has been done to them is wrong and is not their fault”. Isn’t that a clearer, more supportive and responsive message than vaguely telling people not to bully while still suggesting the situation was the victim’s fault?

The generic language of bullying cannot capture the structural and highly gendered reality of Todd’s story. Todd was not simply “bullied”. These were not acts of childish immaturity; there were behaviors and attitudes that were learned from the adult world.  Allow me to contextualize.  Todd’s story actually begins with 13 years of gendered conditioning and sexist cultural messages. She is then victimized by an online predator who uses this conditioning to his advantage. She is slut-shamed, victim-blamed and ostracized by her peers (who have also been raised in a culture steeped in systemic sexism) for being victimized. We know that this piece of Todd’s story is not unique because we know the challenges survivors face in a society that only focuses on the actions and behaviors of the victim without questioning those of the perpetrator. At some point during the next two years of torment, she is assaulted by a boy who lies to her and manipulates her with malicious intent. The fact that this episode is called sex rather than assault (because consent obtained through lying, manipulation or coercion is not valid consent!) in all of the news reports I have come across further demonstrates the systemic, culture-wide sexist attitudes that prevail. As a result of two years of sexual harassment, slut-shaming, victim-blaming, sexual assault and isolation, Amanda Todd chooses to take her own life.

Framing this story in terms of “bullying” glosses over the lived realities of gender-based violence. It makes it sound like this “bullying” could happen to anyone, but that’s not true. This particular story could not have happened to a boy or man. It also could not have happened if we lived in a culture that did not accept discrimination based on gender and that supported and believed survivors of sexual abuse and blamed only the perpetrators. We have to recognize the specific oppressions that people face because of their gender, race, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness and work hard to rid our individual attitudes and our cultural systems of these prejudices. We owe this to Amanda Todd.

– Stephanie

February 17, 2012

Apparently, I’m a tool

Posted in Current Events, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Uncategorized at 10:51 pm by sacetalks

This past week I’ve been over-exposed to the rotten deal that’s handed to women in this world I live in.

In the USA this week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on contraception and whether it should be covered by insurance. Who was at that hearing? A table full of men. While contraception is important to men, who typically pay the bills for contraception like birth control pills and IUDs? Women.

Foster Friess, the billionaire backer of Rick Santorum’s campaign (if you don’t pay attention to American politics, these would be two Republican men who are key players right now in the up-coming American federal election), insinuated that all those women who are angry about their exclusion from the above mentioned hearing should simply stop being sluts. Then they’d have free contraception! Right.

Chris Brown performed at the Grammy’s despite being a convicted offender of physical assault, giving the age-old message that if you’re an offender of violence against women, most people will forgive you in a heart-beat.

Fox News commentator Liz Trotta blamed feminists for the rise in reported sexual assaults within the US military, the rise in costs for supporting the survivors of those sexual assaults, and the overall decline of the American economy. Again, offenders of violence against women were given the message that it’s okay, don’t worry about what you’ve done, we’re going to blame the person you did something violent and horrendous to. No, wait, we’ll blame the feminists. You can sleep at night while the survivors of your decision to force sex struggle with nightmares and flashbacks.

If you’re reading this thinking, “But we live in Canada. Things are much better here.” They’re not. Sexual violence is a major problem in our military, we struggle with our own issues of reproductive justice, and everywhere violence against women is minimized, trivialized, and dismissed.

Today, I stumbled across a cartoon on the Facebook page of Sonic 102.9, a radio station in Edmonton. The cartoon depicts Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes encountering a women taking a photo of herself. She’s posing with puckered lips. The next slide, he shoves a rifle into her face and shoots.

Where’s the funny?

Cartoons are supposed to be funny, right?

Anyway, this cartoon sparked a heated debate between those who found the cartoon depiction of a woman having her head blown off hilarious, and those who found it disturbing. It was swiftly removed from their page.

My position is that the cartoon trivializes violence against women, minimizes the real problem of violence against women in Canada, and reinforces the double-standard expectation for women to look attractive, but don’t be a try-hard.

But you know what, I’m a tool.

I forgot to mention men. Men experience violence too, actually more violence than women. My bad.

I’m also a tool, apparently, because I don’t laugh at every single picture, cartoon, comic, one-liner, online blog that was created to be a joke. Apparently, we are expected to find every joke we encounter funny, or else risk the threat of being a radical, over-sensitive, tool.

Seriously?

Not everything that’s created to be funny, is funny. Some jokes are just delivered poorly. Some jokes get old and lose their relevance. Some jokes are functions of a larger social system that is legitimized through the joke. For example, rape jokes. Rape jokes like, “It’s not rape… it’s surprise sex,” minimize and dismiss situations of actual rape for those perpetrating and those who have survived sexual violence. People, in real life, actually go into women’s rooms and start taking off the women’s clothes while they’re asleep. Men wake up after being passed out to men behind them, sexually assaulting them. They wake up to the shock and horror of sexual assault. It’s not surprise sex at all, and framing the statement, “It’s not rape…it’s surprise sex,” as a joke actually takes away the voice of those people who have been sexually assaulted while unconscious, asleep, passed out, or those who were shocked to discover that someone they know, love, and trust is willing to ignore the obvious: I (male/female/trans; young/old; drunk/sober; sexually experienced/never had sex) don’t want you to do that.

I take pride in the fact that I can think about the content I am exposed to online, and determine for myself whether it is actually funny, or in fact is a reflection of misogyny, racism, homophobia, ableism, fatphobia, etc.

If that makes me a tool, then I’m proud to be a tool.

But, I am sad that many people laugh at these jokes. Please, be a tool like me.

By Meagan Simon

 

August 30, 2011

An Open Letter to Fluid Salon

Posted in Current Events at 5:18 pm by sacetalks

As a public educator dealing with violence against women, the recent fervor over Fluid’s ad campaign has been interesting to observe.

At the most basic level, a critical part of dealing with violence is to get people to talk about it. For that, I am thankful, because it’s clear from my Facebook and other social media feeds that just about everyone I know in Edmonton is talking about this ad.

However, I feel it is important to address why, as someone who works to prevent violence, this ad evoked a strong response in not only myself but in many others.

This morning on Global Morning News, Sarah Cameron, the owner of Fluid Salon, excused the approach of her ad campaign by pointing out that one of the key people involved “grew up” with domestic violence. I found this related statement on the Salon’s blog today:

“Everybody’s getting on me about, ‘well how would you feel if you knew someone who was in domestic violence?’ The producer of this shoot, the one who styled it all, she grew up in it.”

It’s unclear to me how this makes trivializing domestic violence acceptable in any way. Is using abusive imagery a privilege society now offers to witnesses of abuse? The experiences of the designer does not justify an image, created to sell salon services, that minimizes the impact of domestic violence by claiming, even satirically, that it’s not so bad if you have fabulous hair.

I also have a problem with what’s implied in the tagline: “Look good in all you do” and the relationship of that statement to victim blaming. The ad clearly focuses on the woman as the subject, as the one doing the “doing”; being a victim of domestic violence is not something that people do; it is something that is done TO THEM. This ad trivializes the trauma of domestic violence, and at the same time implies that victims choose to be abused. This ad, although it has evoked conversation, serves only to reinforce attitudes that excuse the perpetrators of violence and point the finger at victims.

I do want to acknowledge the comments made by Phyllis Jackson, mother of the designer on Fluid’s blog, who points out that verbal and emotional abuse is as harmful/or possibly more so than physical violence, and are all aspects of domestic violence. She is absolutely right, and I think that resorting to personal insults towards the salon owner and the ad campaign participants is not helpful. With that, I encourage all of the people who are speaking out, writing in, and contacting the salon to do so respectfully and without resorting to abusive behaviours. However, I do disagree with Jackson with this statement, also part of her comments on Fluid’s blog:

“In reality this is a picture on a computer or piece of paper of a woman sitting on a couch with interesting hair and a painted on black eye and a man standing behind a couch holding a necklace. With my experience on both ends of the spectrum, I fail to see how that equates to domestic violence.”

Well, I acknowledge it is possible to interpret this way (unlikely, but possible). However, in a Facebook photo album posted by Fluid Hair, screen captured here: http://tinyurl.com/3tpbflr, there is a caption by the salon underneath a photo of the model having her black eye make-up applied, and it says “hottest battered woman I’ve ever laid my eyes upon”.

For me, this is more evidence that those responsible for this campaign feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to make domestic violence “sexy” to sell salon services.

A posting on the salon’s blog from earlier today states:

“If survivors of abuse interpret this ad to make light of any abusive situation, we sincerely apologize, that was never our intent as there are people that worked on this campaign who are survivors of abuse.”

This is a start, but it’s insufficient. It sounds an awful lot like “Honey, I’m sorry I hit you, I didn’t mean to… but you know how I grew up watching my dad beat up my mom; I just lost my temper.”

Images created purely for commercial gain that make light of issues as serious as domestic violence are unacceptable, but it would seem as though that Cameron still fails to see the connection:

“To the rest of you who this has so deeply affected, we truly hope you do something to help stop domestic violence. Truly honor the survivors that you are standing up for. Unfortunately boycotting a hair salon will not accomplish this.”

Absolutely, everyone should be doing something to help stop domestic violence. But I would argue that boycotting a hair salon, does help accomplish this because it is one way for potential clients to show that they would rather their hard-earned dollars go services that do not trivialize domestic violence to sell hair cuts. I, for one, will be encouraging any non-abusive action such as boycotts or respectful letters and phone calls until Fluid Salon issues a public apology and take some direct action to compensate. The blog mentioned that anyone who goes into the salon and mentions this ad will have the proceeds from whatever services they book to go to the Edmonton’s Women’s Shelter, but isn’t that just another attempt to get clients in the door?

It’s clear to me that if Cameron really believes that her campaign was “just fine” and everyone is just being “too sensitive”, then she has a lot to learn, and I suggest that she takes steps to do so.

Sarah, here at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, we offer customized workshops and presentations to schools, groups, or businesses that are interested in learning more about violence against women without charging fees (although we do ask for honorariums when the group can afford to pay). If you are sincere in your claim on your website that you want to turn this negative backlash into something positive like “partnerships… with appropriate organizations in this community”, I hope that you will give me a call and access our education services.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Lily Tsui, Director of Public Education

780.423.4102

lilyt@sace.ab.ca

 

June 28, 2011

New Policy for Safer Schools

Posted in Current Events, hate crimes, homophobia at 5:47 pm by sacetalks

The Edmonton Public School Board has drafted a new policy regarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. It was drafted to address the disproportionate amount of bullying, harassment, discrimination, violence and high rate of suicide that students, staff and family members, who identify or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer or questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, experience at Edmonton Public Schools. The School Board has already voted to implement the policy and recently opened up a discussion for the public to look over its wording and provide feedback.

When I looked at the policy outline, I had no problem with the wording. I feel like the authors are making a commendable effort to protect everyone whose chosen or presumed sexual and/or gender identity and/or expression unjustifiably renders them targets for abuse.

The recent news coverage of this policy has focused on its opposition by representatives from religious programs that operate under the jurisdiction and authority of the Edmonton Public School Board. One group posted an alert on their website to parents, which warns this policy would have a “significant, negative impact on our Logos Christian Alternative Program” (quoted from website). Their main issue is with points in the policy that state all gender and sexual identities shall be affirmed in the school environment. In their school programs they do not want to feel obligated to affirm, in their words, homosexuality. Rather, they want their teachers and principals to have the right to teach that the “homosexual lifestyle is not in accord with their Christian beliefs” (quoted from website).

The Edmonton Public School Board and the Logos Christian program are in an ideological struggle; an ideology affirming that all sexualities and genders are valued is conflicting with an ideology stating homosexuality is wrong. The truth is, this struggle is much bigger than the Edmonton Public School Board policy and will continue long after people forget about this particular issue.

Still, let us focus on the Logos Christian Program representatives’ worry that their teachers would be forced to affirm homosexuality in their classroom.

To be honest, they don’t need to worry. Any opportunity for students and teachers to talk about and explore the values in these sexual and gender identities and expressions is already restricted because of much more powerful legislation. The government of Alberta determines the curriculum teachers are required to teach in their classrooms. Nowhere in that curriculum is a lesson plan ready to be created that focuses on the affirmation of diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions. Plus, the Alberta government’s legislation, Bill 44, dictates that if teachers want to plan lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation, they must give parents written notice. The parents have the right to withdraw their children from those classes if they wish. Thus, despite the Edmonton Public School Board’s new policy, a teacher has no obligation to talk about “homosexuality,” and if they choose to create a lesson plan about minority sexualities, they are still going to have to respect parents’ decisions to remove their children from these classes. Contrary to their worries, this new policy will not force teachers to affirm homosexuality in their lesson plans and students to hear this message. However, it will require that in their day-to-day engagement with students, parents and teachers they show respect to everyone, even those with non-mainstream sexualities and genders.

Thinking about Bill 44, I have to wonder – Do the teachers in the Logos program have to send out a notice to parents each time they wish to teach their students that homosexuality is a sin? That lesson involves both sexual orientation and religion.

Bottom line – I believe the Edmonton Public School Board’s new policy is making a positive step towards less violence and more well-being for individuals in my community. To me, that’s always a worthy goal.

By Meagan Simon

References:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Christian+program+worried+about+impact+school+policy+sexual/4934770/story.html

http://www.christianprogram.ca/home.html

March 4, 2011

Manitoba Judge fails at Sexual Assault Prevention

Posted in Current Events, Myths, Rape Culture at 6:14 pm by sacetalks

Whenever I speak to people about sexual assault, I usually cite two main ways to prevent it from happening. The first, really the only logical solution, would be for everyone to stop sexually assaulting people. Simple. Make sure every sexual partner you have consents for each sexual activity you engage in and if that person has a change of heart, respect this and stop. Simple. Know the consent laws. Simple.

However, for many people this suggestion does not seem so simple. It seems laughable, making a second prevention strategy necessary: changing our attitudes that make the first strategy so laughable.
Asking people to stop sexually assaulting others seems laughable to some because it holds offenders of sexual assault accountable for their behavior (you did something wrong, don’t do it), which is against the normative way of understanding sexual assaults: the victim is to blame. In that line of thinking, offenders are not responsible for their behavior, maybe because they “just lost control in the moment,” so there is no reason to ask them to stop. Thus, making a second strategy necessary, one that demands personal accountability and recognizes that offenders of sexual assault are always responsible for their behavior. It’s one that isn’t so simple. It is an attempt to change some people’s behaviors through a shift in everyone’s shared knowledge.

Recently, Justice Robert Dewar failed to hold an offender of sexual assault fully responsible for his behavior and therefore, worked against the prevention of sexual assaults in our communities. In a sexual assault case from 2006, Justice Robert Dewar recently convicted Kenneth Rhodes of sexual assault. However, in his sentencing he ruled that Rhodes was not completely responsible, his behavior wasn’t entirely wrong, and instead of the recommended three years in jail, Judge Dewar sentenced him to a two year conditional sentence without jail time. Why did he not hold Kenneth Rhodes completely responsible?

Because “sex was in the air” that night. According to Justice Dewar, Kenneth Rhodes, being as he was a “clumsy Don Juan,” was confused when the person he sexually assaulted said no. Because she was wearing heavy make-up and a tube top with no bra, she obviously “wanted to party,” and as she had hinted at swimming in a near-by lake naked, she created such “inviting circumstances” that such a “no” had no bearing in his “clumsy” efforts at seduction. You see, this is a unique circumstance, an entirely “different case” from other sexual assaults, a “case of misunderstood signals and inconsiderate behavior.”
Each of his statements during his sentencing placed more and more responsibility on the survivor of the sexual assault, citing her dress and behaviors as more relevant reasons why it happened than Rhodes’ “inconsiderate” dismissal of her communicating no. Thank the stars and moons I have a brain, as do many other Canadians, who can and have seen how absolutely wrong his words and behavior were. There was a protest at the Law Courts in Manitoba last Friday, complaints have been made to the Canadian Judicial Review and we are all waiting to see if the Crown’s office will file an appeal.
Since so many others are taking action against his behavior, I would simply like to address two main issues with his statements.

I find it most noteworthy that Justice Dewar contradicted himself in his own statements about the assault. He notes that “this is a case of misunderstood signals and inconsiderate behavior.” Inconsiderate: selfish; thoughtless; insensitive; careless – words to describe a person’s beliefs or actions that do not take into account the personhood, desires, beliefs, and/or choice of others. Using inconsiderate to describe a person’s behavior surely recognizes that they did something that ignored another person’s perspective. How would it be possible in that situation that he also simply misunderstood signals? “I thought she wanted it.” If a person truly thought this, how could one then make a judgment that they were also acting inconsiderately? An inconsiderate act is either not “asking” that other person what they want, or seeing that they want something other than you, but ignoring this and carrying on anyway. In acting inconsiderately, miscommunication isn’t the problem. Rather, it’s that selfish person’s decision not to acknowledge and respond to their victim’s signs of discomfort and non-consent. It is not that Kenneth Rhodes misunderstood what his victim wanted; he ignored want she wanted and forced sex anyway. Judge Dewar knows this, otherwise he wouldn’t have convicted the man of sexual assault or recognized his “inconsiderate” behavior, yet apparently he believes it is not as important as how the person who was sexually assaulted dressed and behaved that night.

Another thing I’d like to draw attention to is how Justice Dewar attempted to justify his sentencing by claiming that this was “a different case” than other sexual assault trials. It is my understanding that a great deal of sexual assault cases involve an accused offender who claims that he or she just didn’t realize that the other person wasn’t consenting. Further, my job at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton as a Public Educator depends on the reality that many people, including apparently Justice Dewar, believe that what a woman wears, her level of intoxication and her implied sexual promiscuity are all reasons for a man to force his penis into her vagina without her consent. This is not an extraordinary case of an offender misunderstanding the intentions of his victim, but a common excuse used by offenders to get away with their crimes.

If we are to prevent sexual assaults from happening, we all need to change our attitudes. We need to put full responsibly on offenders of sexual assault and validate the traumatic experiences of survivors. Even though this is a shared imperative for us all, it is especially true for those of us who hold positions of status and authority in our society because they are the ones who have the most power to instigate change. A Judge has a certain responsibility: communicate to offenders of sexual assault that what they did was wrong, so stop doing it, and communicate to everyone that the only people to blame for sexual assaults are those whose behaviors we deem reprehensible, the offenders.

by Meagan Simon

References:

news articles

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Judge+rape+ruling+beyond+sexist/4345312/story.html

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Rapist+sentence+likely+cause+uproar/4337109/story.html

http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110301/wpg_dewar_110301/20110302/?hub=WinnipegHome

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/02/25/outcry-grows-against-manitoba-judge-who-did-not-jail-rapist/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/judge-appears-to-blame-victim-in-sexual-assault-case/article1918444/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/christie-blatchford/manitoba-judge-is-dead-wrong-in-rape-case/article1920030/

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1230693.html

http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/Crowd+protests+judge+assault+sentence/4348417/story.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/03/02/mb-dewar-sexual-assault-case-review-winnipeg.html

September 17, 2010

This week in the news (September 10 – 17, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 11:03 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Women’s groups blast Eskimos’ hiring choice

Tillman hiring spawns plenty of reaction

Morinville teacher denies sexual assault allegations

Teacher not guilty of sex charges

Hearing on hotel attack charges set for March

United Way aims for fundraising record

Alberta

Teen charged with sex assault

Local briefs – September 16

Canada

Police searching for suspect involved in sexual assault at house party

Two arrested in connection to rave sex assault

Sexual assault victim tells her story

Gang rape photos on Facebook: police

Man faces child sex charges from ’90s

Weekend sexual assault prompts warning from Vancouver police

Mounties on the hunt for man assaulting Kelowna women

5 charged in beating, sex assault

No remorse for sexual assault: Crown

Four years for sexual assault of 12-year-old

Woman grabbed on street; suspect charged with sex assault, kidnapping

Whitby McDonald’s manager charged with sexual offences against minors

Doctor faces abuse charges before College

Alibis key as sex assault trial wraps

Women and men Take Back the Night

Taking a stand

Taking back the night

Lack of DNA evidence halts sex trial

Prosecutor calls for 19-year sentence for HIV sex-assailant

Springhill physician pleads not guilty to sex assault charge

Mark Lafleur arrested

Teen Male Arrested For Sexual Offences

Elizabeth Fry Society reports an increase of sex assault complaints

Laffin lets lawyer appear for him on sex assault charges

Foot fetishist ‘dangerous sex offender’

Defrocked priest convicted of sex assaults paroled

Bail denied for accused Regina man

Border guard ordered strip searches: Crown

March to raise awareness about sexual violence

Grads gone wild

Take Back the Niagara rally goes Thursday

Victim saved by ‘angel’ relives frightful horror

Consequences needed

SJR making changes after sex abuse charges

More charges laid

Pratas facing two counts of failing to comply with bail conditions

Take Back the Night marching this Friday

Charge stayed due to doctor’s mental state

Sean Funk pre trial rescheduled

Woman, 34, sexually assaulted at North York massage parlour

Men found guilty

Officer’s trial adjourned

City man charged following criminal harassment investigation

Images spread so quickly, impossible to recall

Judge stays sex charges against man

Drug dealer guilty of rape

‘She’s going to be missed’

Teens appear in court on murder charge

Renald Côté to participate in UofM rehabilitation program

Annual march designed to help women Take Back the Night

Taking back the night

Ottawa police seek man who grabbed schoolgirl

Nine months for sex assault

Assailant was mentally ill: lawyer

Man charged in gruesome cemetery case

‘Con Air’ sends another one back to Ontario

‘Fen’ MacIntosh sentencing adjourned after defence objects to report

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man guilty of Courtice assault

Lepage abandons appeal

Man charged with assaulting a Toronto sex worker

Man deemed delusional when he slashed wife

Trial postponed in case of Quebec gym teacher accused of sex with her student

Safety main reason cited by coalition to keep gun registry

Man charged with disturbing graves in Baker Lake

Guilty plea for sexual assault of child

True shame belongs to the violent

Judge to decide on location of Proctor homicide trial

Adult Community Healing Resource Centre Opens October 1, 2010 in Cornwall Ontario

Vicious beating leaves victim’s kin traumatized

At OPP recruitment, gays set to protest “history of brutal policing”

Lawyers to present pretrial motions Nov. 22 in bishop’s child porn case

More sex charges a possibility

Rape trial stayed as woman avoids court after recanting charges

Preliminary inquiry in Dartmouth murder case set for March

The naked truth: It’s there somewhere

Sex attack suspect: mother ‘raised me to respect women’

Time served for scissors stabbing; neither man remembers attack

Take Back The Night

Granddad admits sex crimes against two

Police “aggressively” investigating jail cell incident

International

Teen alleges sexual assault, Fonzie the Clown charged

Judd opens up about sex assault

Sharpe takes leave from CBS after assault allegation

Christopher Hitchens: What if the Church’s own rules applied to it?

Reporter’s foray into Jets locker-room touches off debate

High cost of antique treaties

Filipino man jailed for having child porn

Rotten settles attack case

Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children

Woman drags naked man by his beard

August 23, 2010

Take Back the Night 2010

Posted in Current Events, News Release, SACE Events at 11:32 pm by sacetalks

This year’s Take Back the Night planning is well underway.  Click the image to download and distribute the poster.  Contact Pragya at SACE (780 423 4102) with any questions about the event.

We’re looking forward to seeing you out there!

August 13, 2010

This week in the news (August 6 – 13, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), hate crimes, homophobia, Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Victim Blaming at 8:24 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

HIV positive man jailed for drunken sex

Alberta

Red Deer care worker arrested, charged with sexual assault

Warning issued about freed sex offender

X-ray Alberta foster kids, judge says

More security cameras placed in cabs

Canada

Priest charged with decades old sex assault

Woman hit with hammer, sexually assaulted

Sexual assault is a crime, no matter who’s assaulted

New Charges For Man Accused of Sexual Assault

Cornwall man faces sexual assault charge

Teen reports sexual assault

Man arrested in NB wanted for violent sex assault in US

Suspect wanted in Etobicoke sex attack

Guilty verdict in Fountainhead trial

Playing fast and loose with crime statistics

14 year old boy charged with sexual assault in Newmarket

Senior citizen facing sexual assault charges

Northumberland OPP officer accused of sexual assault

Student teachers in Abbotsford, Surrey face sex charges

Suffering in silence

Cabbie accused of sex assault back behind wheel

Victoria-area Catholic priest faces sex charges involving children

Priest had past allegations of sexual abuse against kids

Helping Anishinabek Victims Of Crime

Coquitlam substitute teacher charged with fifth sex-related offence

Teenager not guilty of rape and sexual assault

Male Charged with Sexual Offences

Molester gets 20-month jail term

Sixty Seven Year Old Man Arrested On Sexual Assault In Quesnel

Ex-inmate launches suit against BC, guard

Priest faces more sex charges

RNC investigating case of suspicious person who approached child in CBS

Stronger self results in victim retelling story of abuse

Police receive stream of tips about priest in sex case

Church issues defence in sex assault suit

Woman tells court fear prevented her trying to fight off rapist

Ottawa man charged with sexual assault, forceable confinement

Date deferred again for poz man awaiting trial

Family ‘incensed’ over comments by Ashbury official

BC used penile teen sex test for decades

P.A. teacher back in court on sex charges

Suspect in Oshawa sex assault arrested

Man jailed for sexual assault on teenage girl

Dangerous sex offender sought in Abbotsford area

Inmate attack nets more time in jail

Vannatter to stand trial

Former football player faces charges

Kitchener man charged with sexually assaulting woman in her 80s

Suspect in rooming house death makes appearance

Doctor gets a year in jail

Wilbert Marshall sworn in as chief of Chapel Island

Basilians say money was to help alleged victim heal

International

California Mom Facing 67 Sexual Assault Charges

Attorney says probe officer who was with Roethlisberger in Ga. is inactive

Goa media urged to overlook tourism-related misadventures

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