Nearly 40 percent of all murders of women worldwide are carried out by an intimate partner, according to the World Health Organization.
Canada is moving forward on the issue too, but in a patchwork fashion.
It is a startling fact that one of the most dangerous places for a woman is her own home.
It’s not the first time she has felt let down: In 2012, when she was in her third year at the same university, Ade Kur told VICE News another ex-boyfriend and fellow student violently raped her. Is there any way maybe he thought you were flirting with him? “There were all of these kind of barriers and hurdles I had to hop to prove that my ‘no’ meant ‘no,'” she recalls. And that’s also part of the reason I decided to drop it and not even move forward.” A spokesperson for the university declined to comment on either of these cases, citing privacy.
But when she reported the incident to a guidance counsellor, the counsellor asked her questions that led her to wonder whether it was her fault she was assaulted. Ade Kur’s experience of sexual violence and what she says is poor handling of her case on the part of the university isn’t uncommon, at U of T or in universities across Canada.
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As Ellie Ade Kur returns to class this week, she’ll be looking over her shoulder for an ex-boyfriend she says has sworn to stalk her on campus.
Even as awareness of the issue has grown — with a rape at Toronto’s York University drawing calls for reform alongside outrage over the Brock Turner case at Stanford University in the US — survivors and advocates say Canadian schools remain ill-equipped to handle complaints of sexual violence on campus.