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St. Mary's University Students' Pro-Rape Chant Condemned After 5 Years Of Use video

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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St. Mary's University Students' Pro-Rape Chant Condemned After 5 Years Of Use (VIDEO)


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A chant used at St. Mary's University's "Frosh Week" that endorses sexual assault has sparked significant outrage after video of it circulated online.

A video of student leaders at Saint Mary’s University participating in a chant that endorses sexual assault is causing outrage among college students, officials and local politicians alike.

The chant happened at a Monday event called "Turf Burn" for hundreds of incoming freshmen at the university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, during "Frosh Week."

In a video originally posted to Instagram -- which was later deleted but resurfaced online -- both male and female students are heard chanting: "SMU boys, we like them young. Y is for your sister. O is for oh-so-tight. U is for underage. N is for no consent. G is for grab that ass."


Hundreds of students participated in the chant, including 80 student leaders, theChronicle Herald reports.

"My colleagues and I were shocked by this incident and are deeply sorry that our students, and now the community at large, were exposed to disturbing sexually charged material," SMU President Colin Dodd said in a statement.

All of the 80 frosh week leaders are now required to take sensitivity training by the end of the month, the Canadian Press reports. Dodd is also requiring student leaders to attend a consent and sexual assault conference and will convene a council to discuss sexual violence on campus.

The chant has been a part of SMU's Frosh Week since at least 2009, CTV Reports. The use of the chant this year comes after Canadian teen Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide in April following cyberbullying around an alleged sexual assault she suffered.

Jared Perry, president of the Saint Mary's University Students' Association, apologized and told CBC that the chant was inappropriate. Perry admitted in a press conferencehe participated in the chant and called it the "biggest mistake I've made throughout my university career and probably my life."

Perry pleaded to give the other students involved the benefit of the doubt.

"These are great leaders. This was simply a moment with a lack of judgment," said Perry, who stepped down from his position as chair of Students Nova Scotia in light of the controversy, according to CBC.

"A lot of them showed a ton of remorse for their actions," Perry said. "Many of them ended up crying, speechless, jaw drops, and they’re very disappointed by their actions. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize until after the fact."

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM
What the fuck?
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Saint Mary's University Student Association president Jared Perry resigned Friday amid controversy over a frosh chant that promoted rape and sex with underage girls. (Facebook)

The president of the Saint Mary's University Student Association has resigned over a frosh-week chant that promoted non-consensual sex with underage girls.

"It is with deep reflection that I tender my resignation," Jared Perry said in a media release Friday evening. "I believe this action is in the best interests of the students, the association and the university."

He said stepping down would allow the student association to "focus exclusively on the work of re-mediating the damage earlier this week to the reputation of the association and Saint Mary’s University."

He said he will run for president in the byelection for the post he's just vacated at the Halifax university.

"I am personally deeply committed to addressing the damage incurred this week by being part of a long-term change initiative. Also, I believe it is important for the students of Saint Mary's to directly assess my leadership through the electoral process," he said.

Carrigan Desjardins also resigned from the position of vice-president for student life. She was responsible for the frosh week program.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Ew.
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..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM
WTF???
krysstizzle
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

What the fuck. 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

:(

rfurlongg
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Give them the benefit of a doubt? How so? Assume they did not know what non-consent meant? The university's response is almost as bad as the act. Certainly would not want my children on that campus.
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Bonita131
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Lovely.  Canadian university students have turned into American university students.

Truly shameful.

What ever happened to just going to school/college/university to hopefully become a successful and honorable citizen? When did the road to adulthood take such a drastic and degrading turn?

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Is this for real?

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM


Quote:

"My colleagues and I were shocked by this incident and are deeply sorry that our students, and now the community at large, were exposed to disturbing sexually charged material," SMU President Colin Dodd said in a statement.

What exactly does this mean.  Had we not been exposed to it, that somehow makes it less awful?
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