The Common Oppressive Responses to Sexual Violence
The response a survivor receives when they speak about their experience of sexual violence can seriously affect one’s quality of life and ability to cope. Whether we want to believe it or not, society tends to minimalize a survivor’s experience. In fact, sometimes it appears as if every detail of a survivor’s honesty is questioned both relentlessly and insensitively before there is any hope of getting justice. Often times, survivors have reported feeling like they are being p
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How Do We Define Sexual Violence?
S e x u a l A s s a u l t. If these two words stringed together are capable of eliciting a painful response for a survivor, then why is it that the rest of the society expresses so much inconsistency with how we respond to these crimes? As we continue to endure social isolation and the reluctance of warm and sunny spring weather, this month is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month it is imperative that we raise awareness on the devastating impact of sexual violence,
Can't Afford to Physically Distance: COVID-19 & Toronto's Homelessness Population
Days either fly by and blend into two, or melancholically seem to drag on forever. As we struggle to figure out what to do with ourselves and how to keep safe, it’s no doubt that many of us are feeling lost, scared, or a variety of perplexing emotions all at once. For someone like me, keeping busy is incredibly important in order to avoid the blues that can be caused by not being socially connected or having the freedom to do what I usually do for hobby, work or leisure. Many
When Home Isn't A Safe Place To Socially Distance In
The general belief in our society is that our home should be where we feel the safest. On the news we hear about shootings, car accidents and now the spread of COVID-19, the one place where none of those things are supposed to reach us is our homes. The reality for 100,000 people in Canada is that the home they live in may be shared with a person that hurts them. While most of us are practicing social distancing in hopes to "flatten the curve", the UN has reported a "horrifyi