Another common denominator in sexual assault has long been that when women have spoken up, no action is taken.
Canada has strong legislation around sexual assault, but recent research and reporting has highlighted that very few sexual assault claims result in convictions.
On a recent weekday evening, a handful of young Ottawa 67s hockey players filed into a lounge inside TD Place for a mandatory session on consent and preventing sexual violence, among other things.
“You have to keep talking and keep checking in.”Most people are already doing it, she adds: “They just don’t know that is what they are doing.”Explaining consent using simple concepts has become a social media phenomenon.
In a British-made video, sexual consent is compared to making someone a cup of tea.
The response of the justice system is one reason women don’t report sexual assaults.
The #Me Too movement, said Sheehy, reflects a search by women for a means other than the justice system to speak out against sexual violence and to push for change.“Greater pressure is being exerted on our social world because our legal world is not responding.”Sheehy said Canada has to do better in terms of criminal law and sexual assault.