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Category: Violence against women

The #MeToo Movement Hasn’t Led To A Better Understanding Of Consent

Social card that reads "Only 28% of Canadians fully understand consent."

This blog was also published in French on Huffington Post Quebec If you had to define what constitutes consent in sexual situations, what would you say? Is it something you could explain to your children? If you’re feeling awkward or hesitating, you’re not alone. And even if you think you know how to define consent, […]

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When it Comes to Toxic Masculinity, We All Lose

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Roxane Gay, an acclaimed feminist author, wrote an essay titled “This is How We All Lose.” Her essay dissects the way society currently talks about gender equality as if it were a zero-sum game: “if women’s fortunes improve, it must mean men’s fortunes will suffer.” As Gay describes it, the catchy saying “men are from […]

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How Gender-Based Violence Impacts Mental Health

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There is no question: Violence affects mental health. In fact, the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada have both recognized gender-based violence as a significant public health issue

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Backlash & The Myth of Acceptance

This post was originally published on Julie S. Lalonde’s blog, Yellow Manteau.

I talk for a living.

I wear many hats in my day-to-day, but I get paid to talk and in particular, as a public educator. I visit communities, elementary schools, high schools, campuses, military bases, faith groups, various workplaces and everything in between to talk sexual violence, bystander intervention and community support.

I’ve worked in this field for over a decade.

In that time, I’ve given literally hundreds of workshops, lectures, presentations and spoken on panels.

I’m a busy bee.

There appears to be a lot of mythology around the work I do and in particular, the reception I get. There’s this idea that everywhere I go is a giant love-in. Maybe it’s because my work is so visible in the media or because I have a lot of followers on Twitter or because I’ve won awards. Or maybe it’s part of some right-wing conspiracy that the world is super feminist and misandrist. Je ne sais pas.

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