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Updated on Monday, March 9

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OMG: On March 6th Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. It includes steps we can all take to help, including how to intervene during an incident and how to be an ally to the cause.

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  1. Looks like it has new reporting requirements for universities.

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    1. Finally. So much routinely gets swept under the rug it's concerning.

      Deny, minimize, lip service. These three lines of defence are all we're used to getting on safety issues we need UW to own.

      I hope this actually changes things. What are the chances?

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    2. 2a if this enforces effective oversight by a group sufficiently different from UW's administration and any current would-be stewards, the chances improve along with transparency.

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  2. Okay, I am going to get shit on for saying this, but here goes. In all the time I've been at university, I have never seen a guy behave in a way that could remotely be considered sexual assault, ordinary assault, or predatory (like slipping roofies into someone's drink). The worst I've seen is someone being a little too persistent at a pub or party; nothing that you wouldn't see at a pub or bar in Toronto. I realize sexual assault is a problem, but I'm sorry but I think the hysteria over this issue is unwarranted.

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    1. You're right.

      You are going to get shit on for saying that bullshit.

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    2. 2, so do you think since you don't see it, it doesn't occur? Are you a guy? Have any of your female friends confided any concerns to you? If they did, did you refer to them as hysterical? Is it possible you may not be confided in because your views are known?

      Is what you've noticed in Toronto pub or bar the standard you use to determine what's acceptable on our university's campus? What are your views on harassment? You realize sexual assault is a problem, and do you realize sexual harassment is a problem too? Do you agree with what's deemed as harassment by the Ontario government?

      What did you deem as too persistent at a club or party? Did also seeing that behaviour at a Toronto pub normalize it for you?

      Can you give me an example of what you consider hysteria over this issue? Do you mean the Premier's new measures? I'm a little surprised you referred to this as an issue at all.

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    3. "There is no world hunger because i have never been hungry and i've never met a person who has starved".

      "There is no suicide because i have never attempted suicide and i have never personally witnessed someone attempt it"

      See how ridiculous you sound? You might want to ask your female friends, and your friends in positions of dealing with things like this (Dons, etc.) how often they've seen it happen.

      Sincerely, someone who was sexually assaulted in university and who was a first responder to three different cases due to their job position. I can think off the top of my head at least 4 other friends who've been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted in university---and those are only the ones who've confided in me.


      Of course, the plural of anecdote is not data, but what i'm trying to illustrate is that your experiences of never having seen this does not mean they don't occur. there's whole bodies of research on this and it finds that sexual assaults and violation of consent do happen far too frequently, especially in college situations where there is alcohol involved.

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    4. 'I can think off the top of my head at least 4 other friends who've been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted in university' I don't believe you, unless you are casting the net of 'sexually assaulted' pretty wide. But if that many of your friends have been raped in university then there is clearly a vast code of silence over the issue as well as an extraordinarily large number of sexual predators. Which I simply don't believe. Sorry.

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  3. Maybe they can take the money out of the discriminatory tuition rebate incentive and put it towards something useful.

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    1. What rebate are you referring to?

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    2. http://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/30-off-ontario-tuition

      Because we all know Ontario needs to subsidize more useless Arts degree.

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    3. I'm not sure if you're trolling or just retarded.

      That grant hardly discriminates: yeah it sucks that you need to go to university right after high school to get it, but the other conditions on it are completely reasonable (must be an undergrad, and you can't receive it if you're from an affluent background).

      It subsidizes every degree not just arts. And how is an arts degree automatically useless exactly? It's not what I'm interested in (3B Math/Bus here, and yes I receive that grant, but will gladly pay it back through future taxation), but I question whether you really belong in an academic institution if you think the entire arts faculty is pointless.

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    4. @3.c How many recipients are over the age of 25? Ageism isn't discrimination? It's sad that the money goes towards the ignorant.

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    5. 3's a troll, ignore.

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    6. I tend to agree that the tuition rebate is a crock. Why give it to kids who lack any sort of feasible experience, life or not? It's simply a waste of money and resources by the province. If anything it should be for individuals who show promise in their respective field. But then it would simply be another scholarship.

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  4. From the first link's Action Plan page 26 to page 28 on Safer Campuses, some highlights are:
    "... we know that far too often adapting to life on campus includes navigating rape culture or surviving an experience of sexual violence or harassment"
    "This is a problem. We know it. Universities and colleges know it. Most of all, students know it."
    "Ontario's campuses should be safe for everyone"
    - require universities to report publicly on incidence of sexual violence
    - require universities to adopt a sexual assault policy

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    1. Interesting. Page 24 and 25 of that doc are on Safer Workplaces. It has this statistic 28% of Canadians say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or sexually-charged talk while on the job.

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      "Sexual harassment in the workplace can undermine dignity. It can prevent people from doing their jobs effectively, keep them from reaching their full potential, and compromise their ability to earn a living. This harassment, left unchecked, also has the potential to escalate into violent behaviour."

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    2. I posted 2 above. This "... we know that far too often adapting to life on campus includes navigating rape culture or surviving an experience of sexual violence or harassment"
      "This is a problem. We know it. Universities and colleges know it. Most of all, students know it." is exactly the hysteria I was referring to.

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    3. 4b/2 So Kathleen Wynne is hysterical? She authorized the "Action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment" document. Did you not read the stats? Or do you choose not believe them?

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  5. Other parties continue to watch longitudinal unfolding of ripple effects at UW related to the HRTO case centered on parties in and around Counselling Services. Ineffective governance on site at UW is a driving force for this focus. Friday's announcement aims to rectify this as well as some other women's safety institutions of interest in Ontario.

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    1. It looks like the rock that UW's placed allowing these scum to operate under is being lifted by outside forces.

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    2. That's what it takes. Self-policing and self-review lacks independence and is just public relations.

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    3. 5b that's true anywhere along a complaint process.

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    4. What was the complaint review process for the case 5 said?

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    5. I don't know if it was a review process but after the original complaint were a police investigation, a UW investigation, an HRTO hearing, and an HRTO appeal.

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