fbpx

Blog

Sexual Harassment and Assault Continue in the News – by Lynda Laushway

January 7, 2015

 

canstock8647242We ended 2014 reeling from the allegations of violent sexual assaults and drugging victims against Jian Gomeshi and Bill Cosby, sexual improprieties on Parliament Hill and sexually violent threats by Dalhousie University dental students. We had a break over the seasonal holidays and now we are starting 2015 with more news of the suspension from clinical practice of 13 male Dalhousie dental students and public protests over Bill Cosby’s shows in Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne waded into the discussions in saying to the media “there are very serious allegations against this man (Bill Cosby) and certainly until those are sorted out I would certainly not go to a performance.”

Forty years ago when I was a young woman we would not have been talking openly about these issues, they certainly would not have been front page news and prominent public figures would not have been taking outspoken stands on the issues. In fact most women were either too ashamed to tell anyone about their assaults or blamed themselves for what had happened.  Scars that last a lifetime were left by the shame and fear that victims of sexual assault and harassment felt.

It seems that times have changed over those forty years and it’s a good thing.  It isn’t that sexual violence and harassment have dramatically increased of late it’s that we are finally talking about it, listening to the victims and giving them support and it’s about time.

 

 

 

 

SWOVAEmpowering Youth for a Better Tomorrow

One Man’s Journey toward Mental Wellness

One Man’s Journey toward Mental Wellness

Monday marked World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental wellness. Although more and more people are opening up, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health....

You Are Worthy, You Are Valuable, You Are Seen… Pass it On

You Are Worthy, You Are Valuable, You Are Seen… Pass it On

We don’t always know what impact our programs have on people’s lives until later, sometimes much later. We found out on a spring evening in a beautiful barn at Stone Bridge Farm where thirty former participants joined a reunion of our Pass it On Girls program. Kate...

Learn How to Work Better with Youth

Learn How to Work Better with Youth

The Circle Salt Spring Education Society is offering a new ‘Methods and Tools for Deeper Connections with youth’ course at the end of January 2022. This offering is ideal for individuals who work with youth in a variety of contexts, whether it be formal educational...