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Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities

Activism, Institutional Responses, and Strategies for Change

Edited by Andrea Quinlan, Curtis Fogel, Elizabeth Quinlan, and Gail Taylor
Subjects Social Science, Sociology, Gender Studies, Social Work, Education
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Paperback : 9781771122832, 352 pages, August 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771122856, 352 pages, August 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771122849, 352 pages, August 2017

Table of contents

Introduction | Elizabeth Quinlan
Part I: Campus Sexual Violence: Impacts, Voids, and Institutional Betrayals
1. Sexual coercion on campus: The impact of victimization on the educational experiences of Canadian women | Lana Stermac, Sarah Horowitz, and Sheena Bance
2. Campus violence, Indigenous women, and the policy void | Carrie Bourassa, Melissa Bendig, Eric J. Oleson, Cassandra A. Ozog, Jennifer L. Billan, Natalie Owl, and Kate Ross-Hopley
3. Institutional Betrayal and Sexual Violence in the Corporate University | Elizabeth Quinlan
Part II: Violent Spaces on Canadian University Campuses
4. “It’s not about one bad apple”: The 2007 York University Vanier residence rapes | Madison Trusolino
5. The rape chant at Saint Mary’s University: The convergence of business school ethics, alcohol consumption, and varsity sport | Judy Haiven
6. Violent bodies in campus cyberspaces | Andrea Quinlan
7. Precarious masculinity and rape culture in Canadian university sport | Curtis Fogel
Part III: Institutional Prevention and Responses to Sexual Violence
8. Women as experts: Origins and developments of METRAC’s campus safety audit | Andrea Gunraj
9. Theory becomes practice: The Bystander Initiative at the University of Windsor | Anne Forest and Charlene Y. Senn
10. A critical analysis of the report Student Safety in Nova Scotia: Co-creating a vision and language for safer and socially just campus communities | Norma Jean Profitt and Nancy Ross
Part IV: Fighting Back: Anti-Violence Activism on Campus
11. The Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Activism Then and Now at the University of Saskatchewan | Elizabeth Quinlan and Gail Lasiuk
12. Collective conversations, collective action: York University’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ support line and students organizing for campus safety | Jenna M. MacKay, Ursula Wolfe, and Alexandra Rutherford
Part V: Strategies for Change
13. From reacting to preventing: Addressing sexual violence on campus by engaging community partners | Julie S. Lalonde
14. Why theory matters: Using philosophical resources to develop university practices and policies regarding sexual violence | Ann J. Cahill
15. Responding to sexual assault on campus: What can Canadian universities learn from U.S. law and policy? | Elizabeth Sheehy and Daphne Gilbert
About the Authors 


At least one in four women attending college or university will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. Beyond this staggering statistic, recent media coverage of “rape chants” at Saint Mary’s University, misogynistic Facebook posts from Dalhousie University’s dental school, and high-profile incidents of sexual violence at other Canadian universities point to a widespread culture of rape on university campuses and reveal universities’ failure to address sexual violence. As university administrations are called to task for their cover-ups and misguided responses, a national conversation has opened about the need to address this pressing social problem.
This book takes up the topic of sexual violence on campus and explores its causes and consequences as well as strategies for its elimination. Drawing together original case studies, empirical research, and theoretical writing from scholars and community and campus activists, this interdisciplinary collection charts the costs of campus sexual violence on students and university communities, the efficacy of existing university sexual assault policies and institutional responses, and historical and contemporary forms of activism associated with campus sexual violence.


... a welcome and much needed volume of analyses, accounts, and reflections upon the current climate at post-secondary institutions across Canada. ... With particular attention to survivor experiences and activist efforts, the book offers a wealth of knowledge and tools to all stakeholders who wish to inform themselves, take action, and work towards a climate of safety and mutual respect. ... As we continue to work through this tipping point in Canadian higher education, we need more books like this one, and more people reading them

- Alistair Hibberd, Canadian Journal of Sociology