Forum calls for consent culture initiatives on Canadian campuses

Delegates attending a national forum in Ottawa to end sexual violence on college and university campuses have recommended that student voices must be present in all discussions of their school’s sexual assault policy-making. The two-day forum, organized by the Canadian Federation of Students, invited student council members from Canada’s post-secondary institutions to share their experiences regarding sexual violence on campus.

Speaking about consent

Staceyann Chin remembered how she was violated. “(He) pushes me against and wall and slides his hand all the way up in my dress. I’m so shocked that I can’t move my mouth to say anything,” recalled Chin, reciting from her memoir, The Other Side of Paradise. Because she was a child at the time, Chin said, her accusation was never taken seriously.