Fight­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence at Mcgill

Con­tent warn­ing: sex­ual as­sault

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April 2012

Three R* dmen play­ers are for­mally charged with sex­ual as­sault and forced con­fine­ment. They are not de­tained, re­main en­rolled at Mcgill, and con­tinue to play foot­ball for the university.

March 16, 2017

A new SSMU ex­ec­u­tive team is elected, com­posed of six women and one man (as op­posed to the previous team, which con­tained only one woman). Many of the can­di­dates ran on plat­forms of in­creased trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity within the ex­ec­u­tive, and promised to fight gen­dered and sex­ual vi­o­lence.

March 9, 2017

SSMU Pres­i­dent Ben Ger re­signs amid al­le­ga­tions of gen­dered vi­o­lence. Crit­i­cism re­gard­ing en­demic rape cul­ture within SSMU in­ten­si­fies.

Fe­bru­ary 22, 2017

SSMU VP Ex­ter­nal David Aird re­signs amid al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual vi­o­lence. A pub­lic out­cry fol­lows, dur­ing which SSMU is widely crit­i­cized.

Novem­ber 23, 2016

Af­ter col­lect­ing pub­lic feed­back through­out the fall, Mcgill’s Draft Pol­icy on Sex­ual Vi­o­lence is brought to Se­nate for ap­proval. It passes unan­i­mously.

Novem­ber 2013

The case of the R*dmen play­ers come to light at Mcgill, and a sub­stan­tial out­cry fol­lows. The ad­min­is­tra­tion ini­tially claims ig­no­rance of the charges, then ad­mits prior knowl­edge. A stu­dent work­ing group be­gins work­ing to draft a Sex­ual As­sault Pol­icy for Mcgill since the university does not yet have one.

Septem­ber 12, 2016

Mcgill re­leases its Draft Pol­icy on Sex­ual Vi­o­lence, put to­gether over the sum­mer by mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tion in dis­cus­sion with stu­dent and staff rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing in­put from ex­ter­nal groups spe­cial­iz­ing in this field. Re­sponses are mixed, with many crit­i­cis­ing the draft pol­icy for fail­ing to pro­vide full pro­tec­tion and sup­port for stu­dents.

Fe­bru­ary 6, 2014

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral stu­dent groups, in­clud­ing SSMU, pro­pose a roadmap to ad­dress­ing cam­pus rape cul­ture. Their rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude a “com­pre­hen­sive, ac­ces­si­ble, pro- sur­vivor Sex­ual As­sault

Au­gust 2014

Train­ing for frosh and OAP staff up­dated to in­clude by­stander train­ing with an em­pha­sis on the role al­co­hol can play in in­ci­dents of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Au­gust 26, 2016

A chap­ter of Si­lence is Vi­o­lence opens at Mcgill. In con­trast to other groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions, SIV are a sur­vivor-led col­lec­tive who aim to tackle cam­pus rape cul­ture, and the in­sti­tu­tional ob­sta­cles that fur­ther harm those who have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Septem­ber 24, 2014

Luis-andres Gui­mont- Mota, an­other R*dmen foot­ball player, is sus­pended from the team be­cause he is fac­ing charges of do­mes­tic as­sault against his wife. It sub­se­quently emerges that he had a prior record of such vi­o­lence, but was al­lowed to play for Mcgill any­way. Fac­ing a re­newed out­cry, Mcgill com­mits to re­vis­ing the cri­te­ria for par­tic­i­pa­tion in var­sity sports.

Oc­to­ber 20, 2014

The first an­nual #Con­sentm­cgill cam­paign is launched through the Dean of Stu­dents’ of­fice.

Fe­bru­ary 17, 2016

Af­ter more than two years of care­ful re­search and con­sul­ta­tion, the stu­dent work­ing group re­leases the fi­nal draft of its pro­posed Sex­ual As­sault Pol­icy. It is praised by many cam­pus groups for be­ing thor­ough, in­ter­sec­tional, and sup­port­ive of sur­vivors. The draft pol­icy is sub­mit­ted to Mcgill for re­view.

March 22, 2016

Mcgill in­forms the work­ing group that their draft pol­icy will not be sub­mit­ted to Se­nate for ap­proval, de­spite previous as­sur­ances of in­sti­tu­tional sup­port. April 2016 The work­ing group de­cries what they see as an abrupt about­face from Mcgill, pub­lish­ing an open let­ter which gar­ners 1500 sig­na­tures. Fol­low­ing this, stu­dents stage demon­stra­tions on cam­pus to express their dis­ap­point­ment in the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­ac­tion, and their sup­port for the stu­dent­drafted pol­icy.

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