Carleton Students Urge University to Stop Blaming Victim



    OTTAWA, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Carleton students across campus are shocked
to learn the Carleton University administration shift the blame of the 2007
horrendous sexual assault to the victim. In 2007, a woman was brutally
assaulted while working one evening on campus. The perpetrator, who was never
identified, entered the building that was not secure late at night.
    "It saddens me to see our institution view the serious and disturbing
issue of sexual assault in such a dismissive manner," said Erik Halliwell,
President of the Carleton University Students Association, "It is ludicrous to
suggest that this assault was in any way caused by the actions of the victim
herself, the institution has a responsibility to ensure that Carleton students
have a safe environment in which to learn and work."
    Following the attacks, students across campus overwhelmingly voted in
favour of forming a sexual assault centre on campus to provide counselling and
educate students about this issue. Despite overwhelming support from students
to improve safety measures on campus, the University has not implemented the
recommendations.
    "I find it absolutely embarrassing and deplorable to see the University
continue to blame the victim and reinforce the outdated and harmful stereotype
that sexual assault is the fault of the woman," said Kimalee Phillip,
President of the Graduate Students' Association. She added, "The University
should consider what kind of message it is sending to students. Their response
discourages women who have been assaulted from reporting the crime to campus
officials or the police if they believe that they will be blamed for the
incident."





For further information:

For further information: Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association, Cell: (613) 899-3745; Kimalee Phillip,
President, Carleton University Graduate Students' Association, Cell: (613)
261-3231

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