After confronting a member of the conversation in person, Roy said she received an emailed apology from all five men which emphasized that their comments were never actual threats against her.
"While it doesn't change the inadmissible nature of our comments, we wish to assure you we meant you no harm," the apology, written in French, read.
Actions have consequences and I think that this is certainly something that can't go unnoticed," said Roy, who heads the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. I think that it's very shameful to see that there are student leaders who are perpetuating that within their own circles." The incident was first reported in the Fulcrum, the university's English language student newspaper.Roy said she was sent screenshots of the Facebook conversation on Feb.Nonetheless, Roy — who received a copy of the conversation via an anonymous email — said she felt compelled to speak out, especially since the five individuals were in positions of leadership on campus."They should be held accountable for those actions."I also think there needs to be a level of responsibility taken for the words that were said in that conversation." Roy decided she would bring it up at a Feb.
23 meeting of the student federation's Board of Administration, which oversees the affairs of the student union.
Her plan was to distribute copies of the conversation to the board's members while asking the board to move a motion to "condemn" those who engaged in the discussion, two of whom were board members.
The other three were involved with organizing campus events.
"I would never say that kind of thing out in the public but when it was a private conversation I guess it slipped my mind that that's really not acceptable." Another member of the five, who did not want to be named, said the conversation was private and obtained illegally.
He said the participants didn't believe they promoted rape culture, but "didn't stop it," and now wanted to "promote the end of rape culture together." Meanwhile, a lawyer for Larochelle said his client was to meet with Roy on the weekend to defuse the situation.
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