BARtalk #9: Rape Culture, a Year in Review

Design by Arianna Mao/AMS

Design by Arianna Mao/AMS


In October, more than 200 students marched in a “Take Back the Night” rally to protest the recent wave of sexual assaults on campus. The goal of this event was also to highlight a culture of sexual violence on campus.

From M&M commercials to frosh-week rape chants sung on Canadian university campuses, are we living in a society that normalizes and condones rape? How can we address situations in the media and society that perpetuates rape culture?

As part of UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) and the Terry Project are hosting a BARtalk that will review the topic of campus rape culture, including a review of our own UBC campus.

Our expert panel will include:

  • Lucia Lorenzi is a 4th-year PhD candidate in English at UBC. She’s currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on the aesthetics and politics of silence in narratives of sexual violence. (@empathywarrior)
  • Jarrah Hodge is the author of the award-winning feminist blog Gender and writes about gender, politics and labour issues. She has also written blog series for Bitch Magazine and the Vancouver Observer. (@jarrahpenguin)
  • Ashley Bentley is the Assistant Manager of the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) and holds a BA in Media and Cultural Studies.
  • Rachel Sullivan is a professor of sociology at UBC, and draws on social places and community relations to address sexuality and gender issues.
  • and moderated by Gordon Katic (@gord_katic)

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Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.