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Sexual Harassment and the Horse Industry

Unless you live under a rock, you are aware that in the last year the ground has shifted regarding sexual harassment. Women (and men) are standing up in outrage and saying “Enough is enough!” The horse industry is no different than the other industries and sports organizations we are reading about in the news. In addition, with the power imbalance between coaches and students, we can probably assume that, for women and teens especially, harassment may be commonplace in this sphere as well. What is sexual harassment? According to the Ontario Human Rights Code (which is essentially the same across the country), harassment includes engaging in a course of vexatious comments or conduct that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome. One incident is sufficient. Sexual harassment can be defined as unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which can violate your dignity or make you feel…

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