ERIC Number: ED382573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-9
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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Canadian Sports and Courts.
Holman, Margery; Moriarty, Richard
Sexual harassment is deemed a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which provides protection from discrimination based on sex. Provincial jurisdictions may offer legislation more stringent than that reflected in the Canadian code. Recourse for acts of sexual harassment through the courts is sought by alleging discrimination. The judicial system's legal definition of sexual harassment addresses both the direct harassment between the harasser and the harassed and the indirect harassment that creates the offensive, sexist environment detrimental to comfort and productivity. Sport, for a number of historical, cultural, and social reasons, has generally been dissociated from the issue of sexual harassment. In November 1993, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation put a crack in the wall of protection with their investigation of sexual harassment in athletics and the airing of their documentary "Crossing the Line." Legal complaints are expected to become more frequent as a result, and most sport organizations prefer prevention and early resolution rather than court proceedings. Prevention efforts involve the development of organizational policy, education, and communication of a zero tolerance. An appendix offers a summary of Canadian law as it relates to sexual harassment. (Contains 11 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Sport, Physical Education, Recreation and Law (8th, Jekyll Island, GA, March 9-11, 1995).