But it was also equally frustrating to see that people were reacting differently to long-standing allegations, now that a man had confirmed them.
These are the same allegations that many women had been talking about for years, she said.
At the very least they could prohibit fifty-year-old profs from trying to date twenty-year-old students. But Spry also referenced a previous piece published in 2014 by Toronto-based writer Emma Healey.
They all know about profs/writers harassing, abusing, and inappropriately dating students. She had written her own graphic essay revealing a consensual, yet troubling relationship with a prominent author and professor at Concordia University that began when she was a 19-year-old student in 2010.
Our programs in art and design, education, communication and media studies, accounting and finance, and psychology rank among the best worldwide.
Our “next-generation” mentality is reflected in our programs: flexible, so students can follow their vision, and interdisciplinary, so they can challenge themselves to see things from a new perspective.It’s easier now.— 🍣🌈Jess Marcotte🌈🍣 (@jekagames) January 9, 2018 O’Neill, the award-winning novelist who was a student at Concordia’s creative writing program, quickly took to Twitter to remind everyone that she had been openly and publicly talking about sexual misconduct at Concordia since the late 1990s.In a subsequent CBC interview she revealed that she too had been harassed by an older professor who kept attempting to sleep with her for a year.Award-winning Montreal novelist Heather O'Neill is sick to her stomach.She just finished reading a troubling essay about the goings on at the English department of a major Canadian university. She thought it perfectly mirrored her own experiences while a student.Because of the power imbalance, the victims are often too afraid of repercussions to file a complaint and the people not directly affected, yet still aware, often turn a blind eye because it doesn't benefit them in any way.Too often the culture of silence creates a convoluted mess of complicity that downplays the incident as a solitary one.With close to 48,000 students, Concordia is among the largest urban universities in Canada.We offer hundreds of Bachelor’s programs in four Faculties: Arts and Science, Fine Arts the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science and the John Molson School of Business.She referred to Spry’s blog piece as “an accurate picture of the climate of the program at that time." She cited the fear of being blacklisted and never being published as reasons for people not coming forward.And that’s often the problem with sexual assault in a workplace environment.