Editorial: Preach consensus from the start

Universities and colleges should only be reminding students about sexual consent, not teaching it. That should come much earlier.

What a world it would be if women were bigger and stronger than men, if a woman could physically and mentally manipulate a man without repercussion.

Jian Ghomeshi’s trial acquittal is fading but it shouldn’t be.

Last week, it was announced the male suspect who was alleged to have sexually assaulted four UVic women aged 19 to 20 from September to February would not be charged.

Like the Ghomeshi case, it’s hard to believe four women made it up, but it essentially came down to a lack of evidence, said the Crown. Now there’s an “alleged” male student out there who has crossed the line multiple times. Hopefully he’s not in Saanich but he’s out there nonetheless, and he just got off free. Just like that guy in Toronto.

Perhaps we need to break this down to the core, to the fact that sexual education   with our youth is too inconsistent, taboos are far too rampant, and boys, like girls, need to be taught openly what is consensual and acceptable at an earlier age. Even a criminal knows not to chew with an open mouth, or to open the door for an elder.

At the University of Victoria, there is a vanguard seeking better educatiaon, better policy and, in general, a UVic without sexual assault. And it’s not just the UVSS, but their Gordon Head neighbour MLA Andrew Weaver, who tabled a bill on March 8 in the fallout of the UVic sexual assault case designed to address the pervasive occurrence of sexualized violence plaguing post-secondary institutions in B.C. If enacted, the bill will create a legal responsibility for post-secondary education institutions to develop and maintain policies to prevent the occurrences of sexual violence and provide support for victims.

It’s a good move, as youth can easily forget what they’ve learned in the fun loving university campus life. But universities an colleges should only be reminding students about sexual consent, not teaching it. That should come much earlier.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police watchdog looking for witnesses to arrests in Victoria’s inner harbour

One male left injured after arrests near Red Fish Blue Fish

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

Saanich Peninsula Branch of Royal Canadian Legion leaves North Saanich after 90 years

Branch will temporarily operate out of SHOAL Centre for Seniors

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Comox 442 Squadron carries out two sea rescue missions north of Vancouver Island

Submitted by Lt. Alexandra Hejduk Special to Black Press 442 Transport and… Continue reading

Most Read