Earlier today, the National Campus Life Network, “an organization that aids pro-life students on university campuses,” released a video featuring a female University of Windsor student who alleges she was assaulted by a man and threatened with rape because of her pro-life views.
The student, who identifies herself as “Maggie” in the video, is the head of the university’s pro-life club and is very active in pro-life activism on campus.
It was this activism, Maggie claims, that made her an object of ridicule on campus. She says in the video that she is “an item of discussion in the classroom” and was even “spat upon by a professor during campus outreach.”
Because of her high profile pro-life activism, Maggie alleges she was attacked near campus by a man who asked her if she would have an abortion if he raped her. This man then followed up by allegedly leaving a picture of an aborted fetus with the caption “Your baby after I rape you.”
Feeling traumatized from this encounter, Maggie turned to her local women’s centre, the student union-funded Womxn’s Centre, for help. According to Maggie, they told her they would not help her because this was a “pro-choice space.”
On their website, the Womxn’s Centre lists themselves as “a free campus service providing a safe space and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and expressions.” However, they also clearly state that they are “an actively pro-choice, feminist space.”
Commenting on the incident, NCLN President Ruth Shaw said in a statement:
Pro-life men and women are treated like second class citizens on campus. They are regularly stripped of their rights, held to a different standard and now dehumanized for what? Having a difference of opinion on a controversial issue.These institutions were designed to shape young people to think critically. How can students think learn to think critically about an issue if they don’t have all the information?
The organization said they will be releasing more videos over the next two weeks around the topic of free expression on campus in response to the PC government’s recent policy statement on free speech.
A police report was filed and the case is now closed. No charges were laid in the incident due to a plea bargain.