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On this show we engaged with guests on all the facets of sexual assault and the various campus initiatives at McGill, Carleton and Concordia that believe survivors need to be able to access relevant services on campus. Sexual assault varies over a broad spectrum of actions that can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to engage in unwanted sexual contact or attention. There are several misconceptions about sexual assault including the myths that most sexual assault occurs in dark, isolated areax at random, that it typically occurs with a stranger, that it only happens to girls dressed “inappropriately” and that sexual assault is primarily a sexual crime –all of which hold to be untrue in face of reality. Most sexual assaults are planned. About 80% occur in the home, with someone known. In fact it was not until 1983 a wife could legally charge her husband with sexual assault. Sexual assault is a physical act of violence that is acted out sexually where more than 50% of women who have been assaulted also suffered physical injury from the attack.
The need for sexual assault centres is crucial not only for communities as wholes but especially on campuses, where often a sexual assault culture is fostered. These centres offer services such as help lines, counseling, and exist to empower individuals affected by sexual abuse and assault and empower communities to take action against sexual violence.
On today’s show we have three special guests from three different Universities who are each at different stages in their drive towards successful sexual assault centres. We have Mike from Concordia's Centre 2110, Julie from Carleton University, and Kate from McGill's SACOMMS