Meghan McLean of Mount Allison University’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Service (SHARE) is trying to change the way we understand sexual assault through the Erasing Excuses photo project. McLean organized a public event today during which she invites participants to identify articles of the dominant discourse around sexual harrassment (i.e. “the victim deserved it because (s)he dressed in a particular way”) and then to erase the statements and replace them with a victim-positive message. McLean said she was motivated to become involved with SHARE following her work as an RA in a university residence, where she was frequently called upon to deal with various forms of harassment and assault. McLean’s project is inspired by a wave of Erasing Excuses projects happening at universities throughout North America. The photos taken during the event today will be published on the group’s facebook page and at erasingexcuses.org.

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