Media Coverage

“University community needs to reclaim leadership role,” writes Professor Shariff in La Presse opinion piece

“Differing opinions about what constitutes appropriate, sensitive, adequate and equitable responses to a range of sexual violence incidents across university campuses in Canada are at the heart of current public policy debates... It is only through long-term collaborative partnerships that we will clearly define the lines to prevent sexual violence," writes Shariff in part.

La Presse

1 November 2016



Le Devoir speaks to Define the Line's Dr. Shariff: analysis of University leaders' response in U Laval sexual assaults

Professor Shariff was asked to analyze the events in the context of rape culture at universities. "People want to hear that it's unacceptable, and that there will be an immediate response," Shariff told Le Devoir in part. 

Le Devoir

22 October 2016



Is there such a thing as “rape culture” on campuses in Canada?

Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at McGill University has been awarded a $2.6 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.

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McGill Newsroom

21 October 2016



Heightened security at Laval U over string of sex assaults

Professor Shariff weighs in on sexual assaults at Laval U. "It can affect students' grades, health, self-esteem, [their] confidence in the system."

CTV News

17 October 2016



Shaheen Shariff on rape culture on university campuses

Professor Shaheen Shariff of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education has embarked upon an ambitious seven-year project to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the amount of $2.5 million, further supported by an additional $3.7 million of in kind and cash contributions from five McGill Faculties, the VP Research; 10 universities and 14 community partners.

McGill Reporter

28 September 2016



Over $10 million in SSHRC funding to support McGill research

“Our project will engage law, arts and media sector partners, academics and collaborators to propel universities into reclaiming their central role of research and education (as it relates to deeply embedded intersecting forms of misogyny, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of discrimination – often described as 'rape culture'),” says Shariff, who is also an Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law’s Center for Internet and Society.

McGill Reporter

28 September 2016



Two teens due in court after alleged murder plot uncovered in St-Hyacinthe​​

"What's public, what's private? Where are the lines? Where your communication can cross over to become illegal now, there are laws now against some types of online postings." Professor Shariff quoted in CTV Montreal. ​

CTV News

18 September 2016



Quebec Human Rights Commission denounces public misogyny

Shaheen Shariff said the FHRITP phenomenon is part of a pattern of escalating misogyny on the Internet, in schools and in the public domain generally: “This stuff just sustains the pattern that we are seeing in our research with kids and undergrads … that the more outrageous and misogynist and violent you get, the more impact” on the web and the more hits, she said. “We are finding people are saying they aren’t thinking about victims or who they are hurting, they just want to get hits and make people laugh. … But what this is is a slap in the face to women. The more powerful women become, and the more equal in terms of occupations and status and sexual liberation, the more violent the behaviour. It is a backlash.”

Montreal Gazette

26 March 2015

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