The theme for the 2013 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence is consent: "ASK. Sex without consent is a crime." At the December 6, 2013, Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown, Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie gave a speech about consent.
Colleen is a past Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She was chair of the Council from 1992 to 1993. Colleen is a mother, a partner, a researcher, and a tireless advocate. She has worked for the Government of PEI in health and social services and now teaches in the Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island, where her research and teaching are always engaged with the community, embedded in participatory approaches, and focused on social justice. We are grateful that she is willing to examine complex and controversial topics, including women’s reproductive health. Colleen is a fierce advocate for consent and has worked alongside survivors of sexual assault and abuse. We were honoured to hear her comments at the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service.
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