Challenging normalized sexual violence Last semester, the Mount Allison Student Union (MASU) passed a motion acknowledging rape culture on campus and made a commitment to fighting it. Rape culture refers to a setting in which sexual violence is made to seem normal through media images and common messages, and where survivors are blamed for experiencing […]

How to actively make parties fun and safe for everyone As the school year begins to wrap up, more parties will be happening both on and off campus, with this celebratory spirit continuing through the summer. These parties often have themes, large guest lists and drinking. In order to ensure that everyone has a good […]

Providing services for survivors in the region The South East Sexual Assault Centre (SESAC) opened its doors in Moncton in 2017. SESAC, a primarily volunteer-run organization, provided support and services to over 150 survivors in the region in its first year of operation. All of their services come from a feminist, survivor-centred, trauma-informed approach. SESAC’s […]

The first week of March is International Women’s Week (IWW): a week that celebrates women and recognizes the struggles that women have faced, and continue to face, in a society that is highly gendered. This week of campaigning culminates on International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. The aim of this campaign is to spark […]

How to spot the warning signs When we think of intimate partner violence or family violence, we often only think about physical abuse. However, it is important to include emotional abuse in our conversations about violence. Many forms of emotional abuse are not considered crimes under Canadian law, but this does not mean that their […]

Qualities to look for in partners, friends and family As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is a good time to evaluate the relationships we are keeping – not just with romantic or sexual partners, but also with our friends and family members. Unhealthy or abusive relationships might be harder to identify with our friends or family […]

Consent, respect, and the distribution of intimate images In a culture where sharing intimate images with friends and romantic or sexual partners through social media has become more commonplace, a discussion on consent and respect in cyber spaces must be held. How can we create a culture of care in the case of intimate images? […]

@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 […]