Sexual assaults on campus, sexual harassment on public transit: Women confront rape culture in public spaces

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A string of sexual assaults were reported recently at UBC. The university has responded by expanding Safewalk services and has issued a number of warnings that women not walk alone at night. Some female students have organized a Take Back the Night rally and march in order to raise consciousness, share stories and challenge rape culture and the patriarchal culture that allows violence against women to continue.

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Emily Monaghan, one of the organizers of Take Back the Night UBC about the event. Emily is a first-year environmental science and sustainability student at UBC, an intersectional feminist, and is interested in creative forms of activism, as well as interactivism.

In the second part of the show, we hear from Katie Nordgren, one of the women behind a project addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault on public transit. You can learn more about the Harassment on Translink project and submit stories at: translinkharassment.wordpress.com. Katie Nordgren is a 4th year Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies major at Simon Fraser University.

 

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