‘What do you ex­pect? It’s Hess’

RE: Sex­ual ha­rass­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

With every­one cel­e­brat­ing their mother this past week­end it is truly ap­palling that out of all the les­sons and val­ues our moth­ers so des­per­ately tried to teach us, re­spect for women didn’t stick. Walk down Hess Vil­lage on any given week­end and young women will all tell the same story: “he grabbed my waist”, “he grabbed my butt”, “but what do you ex­pect, it’s Hess.” With the all the me­dia at­ten­tion and anger that fol­lowed the Brock Turner rape case, you would think that peo­ple would be cau­tious with their ac­tions and more at­ten­tion would be paid to sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

But on Satur­day night, by­standers on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions had to step in while it seemed that se­cu­rity was un­aware of what was go­ing on. Fear of be­ing fol­lowed in the streets and un­war­ranted ad­vances on the dance floor are too com­mon. It should be made ab­so­lutely clear that the se­cu­rity at Hess is not strictly to blame; se­cu­rity can only do so much. The root of the is­sue is peo­ple think­ing this be­hav­iour is ac­cept­able. There is no im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion but some­thing needs to be done for the sake of the moth­ers and women of the fu­ture. An­thony (Toby) Saraco, Hamil­ton

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