How to help yourself, and those around you In March of 2018, Global News reported that nearly 40 percent of men and women in Atlantic Canada have, at one point or another, experienced sexual harassment. Historically, many public counselling and human rights services have long wait times. Thankfully, Mount Allison students who have experienced sexual […]

We need to talk about consent. When we talk about consent there are a number of factors we need to consider, because consent is more than just a single, vocal, enthusiastic “Yes.” Particularly, we need to talk about how consent cannot be given if there is any abuse of trust, power or authority. Consent is […]

We know that having sex with someone after they’ve said “No” is sexual assault. We know that you have to hear an enthusiastic “Yes” before engaging in any type of sexual activity. But what are some situations where a “Yes” really isn’t consent? Let’s think about the acronym FRIES: Freely given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, Specific. […]

Sexual assault can have a variety of short- and long-term effects on mental health. Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault and feelings of shame, isolation, shock, confusion and guilt. Longer term, some people experience depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. So, what are some resources that are available to survivors of sexual violence, […]

The South East Sexual Assault Centre (SESAC), located in Moncton, is a new local resource for people who have experienced sexual assault. Up until this year, the closest centre of this nature was located in Fredericton, and we are very happy to have one near our university. SESAC works towards three main objectives: providing intervention […]

It doesn’t matter if you experienced sexual violence just last night or a year ago, SHARE is here to help. SHARE is our on-campus sexual violence response and education resource. At Mount Allison, we are lucky to have a dedicated SHARE Advisor, Melody Petlock. Melody has a background in social work and many years of […]

Level 1 Prevention, also known as Primary Prevention, refers to approaches that take place before sexual violence has occurred to prevent initial perpetration. SHARE believes that a community- based approach to preventing sexual violence is theconsidered to be most effective in creating a safer campus for everybody. Although a lot of work is done by […]

SHARE answers your questions about consent Last week we started a conversation about consent, defining it as permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something. This week, we continue the conversation and answer three questions: Isn’t continuous consent awkward? How does consent apply in the cyber world? And finally, what about consent […]

Yes, 96 per cent of Canadians believe all sexual activities should be consensual, but only one in three Canadians actually understand what giving consent means, according to a 2015 study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. What is consent? Consent is permission for something to happen, or an agreement to do something. It is required when […]