SEXUAL ASSAULT, What is Consent?

Globally, the term "sexual assault" covers behavior from unwanted touching to rape. Each state has its own legal definition and criminal code, and thus definitions of acts that constitute sexual assault vary. These definitions are gender neutral because sexual assault happens to both females and males, although the vast majority of sexual assault victims are females. The Canadian Women's Foundation reports that 96% of Canadians agree sexual activities between partners should be consensual, … [Read more...]

Rape Culture Erases Rape Survivors

Rape culture is a frighteningly insidious thing in the way it reinforces harmful ideas about gender, personal boundaries, consent, and sexual assault. Rape culture encourages the belief that lying about rape or sexual assault is more common than it really is, and it promotes the silencing of women about sexual assault by subjecting them to harsh judgments and the implication that women are responsible for their own assaults. Women who do report their assaults are disbelieved by people they … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Take Action!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month will continue this year as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. The observed month has been running since 1995 when several organizations including the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence united to tackle the problem. Why is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so important? AM I BEING AB-- USED? Does your partner: embarrasses the other person with put-downs looks or acts in ways that … [Read more...]

Just because she isn't saying no…

Just because she isn't saying no... Doesn't mean she's saying yes." "Just because you help her home... Doesn't mean you get to help yourself." "Just because she's drunk doesn't mean she wants to f**k." Those are some of the messages scrawled across posters for a new anti-rape campaign being launched in Ottawa, Canada under the slogan "Don't Be That Guy." The campaign is designed to be a shift away from the "No means no" campaign, which puts the onus on the woman to say no. This campaign … [Read more...]

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