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Frustrated U of O students take anti-rape culture fight into their own hands

File photo of the University of Ottawa. UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA.

Student groups and their supporters are accusing administrators at the University of Ottawa of acting too slowly against what they call a “rape culture” at the school.

Seamus Wolfe with the university’s graduate student association says it’s not good enough to simply form a committee that will report recommendations in nine months on how to combat the issue.

Wolfe says university president Allan Rock’s announcement of a task force on respect and equality is nothing more than a public relations exercise.

Rock announced the task force in response to a sexually explicit online chat about the head of the student union and allegations of sexual assault against several members of the school’s men’s hockey team.

The task force is to report back to the university’s administration by the fall.

But professors and students at the university have described the actions as timid at best.