7 08, 2020

Rest in Peace Daisy

2020-12-08T12:50:11+00:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |

Daisy Coleman, a powerful and much loved advocate for sexual assault victims has died by suicide, according to her mom. She was only 23 years old. Daisy's mom wrote on Facebook a heartbreaking message about her death: “She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I

30 06, 2020

Getting the Toxic Out of Masculinity

2020-06-30T15:59:58+00:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Rape Culture, Sexual Assault|

"I believe that there are three levels of change upon which we can alter gender-based violence: self, community and the world."Kevin Vowles Having spent the past seven years speaking to hundreds of young men about gender based violence and sexual assault, one thing that always stands out to me is their willingness to do something

15 06, 2020

He came disguised as a man of God #JusticeForToyin

2020-06-15T14:51:12+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: |

A 19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester Oluwatoyin Salau has been found dead days after tweeting that a man who offered her a ride to church had molested her, according to reports on Twitter. Salau was last seen in Tallahassee, Florida, on June 6, reported USA Today citing the Tallahassee Police Department. Before she disappeared, Salau posted

5 04, 2020

Resilience is Futile

2020-04-05T17:12:51+00:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Rape Culture, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |

It took a while, but I finally got my hands on Resilience is Futile by Julie LaLonde. If you haven't read it you can find it on Amazon or any number of booksellers in Canada. I know Julie and consider her a dear friend, so reading a book like this wasn't easy. It's infuriating, heartbreaking,

17 10, 2019

There’s a Rapist in Our School

2019-10-17T18:11:29+00:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault|

Cape Elizabeth High School sophomore Aela Mansmann posted a sticky note in a bathroom of her school that states, “There’s a rapist in our school and you know who it is.” According to Teen Vogue, "numerous girls at Aela Mansmann's Maine high school had come forward with allegations of abuse" against fellow classmates. To call

30 09, 2019

I Am With You – Chanel Miller

2019-09-30T17:36:53+00:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: |

“While writing Know My Name, I was constantly drawing as a way of letting my mind breathe, reminding myself that life is playful and imaginative. We all deserve a chance to define ourselves, shape our identities, and tell our stories. The film crew that worked on this piece was almost all women. Feeling their support

18 09, 2019

The Believability of the Unbelievable Netflix Series

2019-09-18T12:38:58+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |

It would be nice to imagine the new Netflix series Unbelievable was some kind of an anomaly. A story that's so outrageous it would have to be a one off tale of gross negligence, indifference, and police incompetence. No one wants to believe stories like this could possibly happen on a larger scale. Unbelievable is

8 03, 2019

Consent Is…

2019-03-10T21:17:23+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Random Posts, Sexual Assault|

This past Wednesday, I shared Rehtaeh’s story to Ontario middle school teachers at the YWCA in Toronto. I always appreciate the opportunity to talk even if it triggers the hell out of me. The forum was about bystander intervention and sexual violence. Middle school teachers are on the frontline of change when it comes to […]

19 02, 2019

Failing Rape Crisis Centres

2019-03-10T22:36:12+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Random Posts, Sexual Assault|Tags: , |

As stated in the Toronto Star this morning, rape crisis centres in Ontario “wait for information from the ministry, survivors of sexual violence, meanwhile, continue to wait for services,” said Nicole Pietsch, co-ordinator of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, noting that yearly calls have shot up to more than 50,000 from 30,000 a […]

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