uWaterloo frat encourages men to break the silence on sexual assault

March 4, 2015

Members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Waterloo have released a video called "Break the Silence" that encourages men to speak out against sexual assault and rape culture on campus. Sigma Chi member Dominic Aquilina said that fraternity members wanted to create a public service announcement that would appeal to their own demographic. "We wanted to take more of a stance to show that we do support the issue, and we created this video as an attempt to put that message out there and try to start a conversation within our community," he said. In developing the video, fraternity members consulted with women taking sexuality studies at uWaterloo. Aquilina said that the main theme of the video is that men do not have a right to sexual access to women, and that they should take action when others say or do something inappropriate. "For some reason, a lot of people feel entitled to sexual contact. It's like if they're hitting on a girl, they expect them to be receptive automatically and there's no reason for that," he said. CBC | Full Video