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Available Expert - Toronto van attack likely rooted in toxic masculine violence

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Queen’s University Trudeau Scholar Bailey Gerrits is available to comment on the recent vehicle attack in Toronto as it relates to gender-based violence, public policy, and media discourse.

"With evidence pointing to the attack being rooted in misogyny, what is clear is that gender-based violence and toxic masculine senses of entitlement affects us all,” says Ms. Gerrits. “This attack needs to be put into the pattern of toxic masculine violence - whether it’s the correlation between mass shootings in the U.S. and intimate partner violence, the persistence of intimate partner homicide in Canada, or the persistence of rape culture.”

This is not an isolated incident and it goes beyond the 'echo chambers' of the online incel communities,” she says. “All levels of government in Canada have a responsibility to provide better supports for gendered violence prevention at each stage - before violence occurs, when it is likely occurring, and after it occurs.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Dave Rideout (613.533.6000 ext. 79648, 613.453.5676, or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, ON, Canada.

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