PODCAST: Sexual assaults on campus, sexual harassment on public transit — Women confront rape culture in public spaces

A string of sexual assaults were reported recently at UBC. The University has responded by expanding Safewalk services and has issued a number of warnings that women not walk alone at night. Some female students have organized a Take Back the Night rally and march in order to raise consciousness, share stories and challenge rape culture and the patriarchal culture that allows violence against women to continue.

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Emily Monaghan, one of the organizers of Take Back the Night UBC. Emily is a first year environmental science and sustainability student at UBC and an intersectional feminist.

In the second part of the show, we hear from Katie Nordgren, one of the women behind a project addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault on public transit. You can learn more about the Harassment on Translink project and submit stories at: translinkharassment.wordpress.com. Katie Nordgren is a 4th year Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies major at Simon Fraser University.

Listen to those interviews below:

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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