Queen’s students react to sexual comments directed at Ottawa University student president

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE REACTING TO AN INCIDENT IN OTTAWA WHERE A STUDENT WAS THE SUBJECT OF DEGRADING ONLINE COMMENTS BY SEVERAL MALE STUDENTS.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE REACTING TO AN INCIDENT IN OTTAWA WHERE A STUDENT WAS THE SUBJECT OF DEGRADING ONLINE COMMENTS BY SEVERAL MALE STUDENTS.
WITH MORE HERE’S NEWSWATCH’S MORGANNE CAMPBELL.

“I’d like to say no it wouldn’t happen here but with a school here of this size of course it could I mean there’s always that possibility.”

“I find the community here pretty accepting however I wouldn’t deny that that you know it’s possible people engage in such acts.”

Queen’s University students are reacting to a shocking story coming out of Ottawa this week. It’s alleged a group of students at Ottawa University — one of whom is the son of Kingston’s Police Chief — engaged in wicked sexual online messages about the President of the Student Federation. The vicious posts included comments like

“someone punish her with their shaft.”

They even went on to suggest she had STD’s.

“It’s kind of sad, you feel bad for the girl because there is nothing she can do to control what is being said about her online now.”

“I thought it was demeaning, not a good reflection of the people who posted that.”

The latest news has sparked reaction from the Sexual Assault Centre in Kingston.
The executive director says there’s no room for this type of behaviour and in many cases online threats and comments can victimize and re-victimize men and women.

“it’s a threat of violence that’s what it is and we shouldn’t be able to minimise that and say it’s just a joke and people didn’t mean it, it’s not acceptable.”

Social media expert Adam Molnar says people who use sites like Facebook and Twitter can be held accountable in a court of law for what they write on those sites.  He says if anything, students should use this incident as a learning experience.

“I think really we’re at a deficit when it comes to our understanding about how our own personal information both moves across the net but then of course how it can be retained for seemingly indefinitely periods. ”
And students echo his thoughts.

“what you say online…”

Morganne Campbell CKWS Newswatch Kingston.

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