In addition to issues like harassment and gambling on campus, there are numerous concerns about sexual assault. Let’s all keep in mind the best advice on that issue — which is: “Don’t rape anyone ever” — and have a look at some of the rhetoric around this topic.
According to ye olde aforementioned Carleton University International Student Guide (2011):
Friendships between people of the opposite sex are common and does not mean they are dating. It is important to respect this boundary where it exists. Rather than assume that you are in a relationship or that one has consented to an act, always ask questions for clarifications. Be aware that no means no. If someone is not interested in having a sexual relationship with you, pursuing it could have serious legal consequences such as sexual harassment or assault charges.
And in Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship (2011), a study guide for the citizenship test that is published by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, we have:
In Canada, men and women are equal under the law. Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, “honour killings,” female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence. Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws. (page 9)
Speaking of the Canadian context in The Dark Side of the Nation (2000), Himani Bannerji writes:
Frequently, in the name of cultural sensitivity and respect, the state does not address violence against women when it occurs among the multiculturally defined “ethnic” communities. It is rumoured that the accused’s behavior is a part of “their culture,” and that “they” are traditional, fundamentalist, and uncivilized. In this way, an entire population is demonized even though particular men become exempt from indictment. (page 78)
Any thoughts or comparative analysis you’d like to comment on?