@SheRatesDogs, humour, and the horrors of online harassment In mid-December, a new Twitter account called @SheRatesDogs was created, and though the name of the account is reminiscent of another account that rates our canine friends based on cuteness, the “dogs” rated on @SheRatesDogs are of another variety. This new account rates terrible texts, tweets and […]

Online dating apps and social media have created a wealth of new opportunities for people to connect with one another. However, while positive social connections can be more easily fostered through these channels, the digital age has also brought forth all-new ways for sexual harassment and dating violence to occur. Harassment and sexual violence in […]

The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence began on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on Dec. 10, the International Human Rights Day. These 16 days are a national campaign to recognize the disproportionate violence faced by women and girls, as well as by other […]

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 […]