Disputes emerge over acknowledgment of rape culture in Carleton sexual assault policy

April 29, 2016

Administrators at Carleton University are facing criticism from students, unions, and community members over the development of the school’s new sexual violence policy, reports the Ottawa Citizen. A group of sexual assault survivors, as well as outreach workers and supporters, are reportedly asking the university to acknowledge the existence of “rape culture” in its new policy. Yet previous discussion of this issue, and on the related issue of having “survivor centric” language in the policy, has been “incredibly combative” according to Dawn Moore, an associate professor of law and equity chair of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association. Carleton has stated that, “stakeholder consultation has happened and will continue to happen” with respect to the new policy. The university reportedly hopes to have a policy approved by the end of 2016. Ottawa Citizen