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Enthusiastic Consent: A Sex Ed Overhaul

“Sixty percent of females have experienced rape/attempted rape/harassment/sexual coercion during their college years.” – Charlene Senn, psychologist at the University of Windsor.

The Canadian Federation of Students created the “No means No” campaign two decades ago. Since that time there have been countless Take Back the Night marches, sexual assault awareness programs, and rape culture conferences. Yet, today, Canadian citizens still seem to be baffled by the concept of consent.

‘What is considered sexual assault?’ ‘But she was wearing a miniskirt.’ ‘What if they are dating?’

We, as a society, have failed. How has such an important topic like consent fallen to the wayside in our educational systems? Why have we neglected to address this topic in our sexual education programs?

Universities, high schools, ...

“Sixty percent of females have experienced rape/attempted rape/harassment/sexual coercion during their college years.” – Charlene Senn, psychologist at the University of Windsor.

The Canadian Federation of Students created the “No means No” campaign two decades ago. Since that ...

How to Cope with Triggers

Triggers are one of the hardest parts about being a survivor of sexual assault (or any other trauma). It’s not possible to avoid all triggers, so what can you do when you come across one? Some get into the habit of using unhealthy coping strategies such as alcohol, drugs and self-harm. Fortunately, there are also many healthy alternatives. There’s no one size fits all coping mechanism, so try these out and find what works best for you.

1. Positive self-talk

Don’t put yourself down. Remember that this is a normal, knee jerk reaction. It’s the way our brains are wired (unfortunately). You wouldn’t be human if the trauma you’ve been through didn’t scar you in some way. You ...

Triggers are one of the hardest parts about being a survivor of sexual assault (or any other trauma). It’s not possible to avoid all triggers, so what can you do when you come ...

Rape Culture 101: A Love Letter to My Fellow Rape Survivors

It wasn’t your fault.  I believe you.  What happened to you was rape.  You are not alone.  Those are things I wish someone had said to me when I was raped.  But that didn’t happen.  I never reported my assault because I was 18. Because he was my sister’s friend. Because it wasn’t “rape rape.” Because I was more concerned with being pregnant or having an STD than getting revenge on my rapist. Because I was a virgin and had no idea what had just happened to me. And my story is not uncommon. And the repercussions of what happened to me are also not uncommon: anxiety, depression, total loss of self, unwillingness to trust, dysfunctional relationship with sex ...

It wasn’t your fault.  I believe you.  What happened to you was rape.  You are not alone.  Those are things I wish someone had said to me when I was raped.  But that didn’t happen.  I ...

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Why Nobody Cares about Victims of Female-on-Male Rape

A perturbing phenomenon to occur in an allegedly progressive society: that the FBI definition of rapechanged in 2013 so as to include non-traditional casescan ironically be misconstrued as excluding female-on-male rape.

A perturbing phenomenon to occur in an allegedly progressive society: that the FBI definition of rapechanged in 2013 so as to include non-traditional casescan ironically be misconstrued as excluding female-on-male rape.

Why FIFA 16 Hasn’t Revolutionized Video Game Culture, Yet

For the first time ever EA Sports’ upcoming FIFA 16 will feature women’s soccer teams within their game. Following the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) win in the World Cup earlier this year many people speculated that the women’s teams would be included in the game, which has been an anticipated addition for years.

For the first time ever EA Sports’ upcoming FIFA 16 will feature women’s soccer teams within their game. Following the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) win in the World Cup earlier this year many people ...

Look out for the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program

It’s no secret that reproductive health and rights are under attack. In the past two weeks alone, Planned Parenthood has been the focus of an anti-abortion movement in an undercover video where senior director of medical services at PP, Dr. Deborah Nucatola talks about donating fetal tissue for research.

It’s no secret that reproductive health and rights are under attack. In the past two weeks alone, Planned Parenthood has been the focus of an anti-abortion movement in an undercover video where senior director of medical ...

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