University of Victoria’s pro-life club has been censured over its advertising for a talk given in October. At a meeting of the student society’s board on Monday, the group was criticized for posters that promoted a talk titled “Echoes of the Holocaust.”
A number of complaints had been made to the students’ union alleging the posters violated harassment policies. According to the Martlet, student society chairperson James Coccola stressed that the vote of censure was not related to the talk itself. “This is simply about how the event was marketed,” he said. The board also voted to pursue mediation to resolve the conflict and to host a restorative justice event.
Anastasia Pearse, president of the group Youth Protecting Youth, was unapologetic. “We understand that some women have been upset by seeing our posters. We understand that they feel that way. But just because they’ve seen something they dislike does not mean that they’re being harassed,” she said.