Powered by xpats.com
2 °C

Not registered yet?

  • Daily & weekly newsletters
  • Buy & download The Bulletin
  • Comment our articles
Register now

You are here

Recent articles

Jan 18, 2018

This is what the City of Brussels' eight friteries will look like within two years - after...

Jan 18, 2018

A special call centre to report storm damage was overwhelmed by 31,000 callers on Thursday, as St...

Jan 18, 2018

2017 was a bumper year for public transport in Belgium, with both the Stib and the SNCB reporting...

Jan 18, 2018

The Palais 12 concert venue at Heysel is not booking the number of concerts nor attracting the cr...

Brussels universities join up to fight rape culture

Nov 14, 2017

The Free Universities of Brussels, French-speaking ULB and Dutch-speaking VUB, are co-operating for A Week to Fight Rape Culture. This week, the universities will host talks, exhibitions and other activities designed to share stories and raise awareness around sexual assault and harassment.

The last several weeks have given rise to worldwide accusations of sexual intimidation and violence against women, starting with the dozens of victims of Hollywood production mogul Harvey Weinstein, which led to the #metoo social media campaign.

Last week Flemish public broadcaster VRT cancelled a programme hosted by popular celebrity Bart De Pauw and broke all ties with him after some 10 women produced evidence of harassment and stalking behaviour. Antwerp’s magristrate is now investigating to see if legal charges should be brought.

A Week to Fight Rape Culture, however, had already been planned, a follow-up of a 2016 exhibition hosted by student Selma Bouillard who had been raped four years earlier. Three other sexual assault survivors have joined her to form GRape Project, which is running this week’s event.

‘Still taboo’

“Sexual assault is still a taboo subject,” Bouillard, 23, told De Standaard. “We want to break through that, at the universities but also outside of them.”

The central exhibition at ULB and VUB features clothing that was worn by women and men when they were raped or assaulted as well as photographs of them with words and phrases written on their bodies. These includes “Incassable” (Unbreakable) and “Only yes means yes”.

“The images are confronting, but they show that victims don’t just give up. We aren’t sad, little victims whose lives have come to an end. We go on, and we become stronger.”

Photo: Chloé de Meulenaer

Related links

Marc Slonik Nov 14, 2017 13:48

"The last several weeks have given rise to worldwide accusations of sexual intimidation and violence against women"

Actually against both genders. Just saying.
Rape against man happens way less often (I believe), which does not mean it deserves being ignored or overlooked.

Questions & Answers

Help and get help


Can anyone provide a personal recommendation for a Dutch tutor in the Brussels area? Pr...


I am interested in sharing a full-time nanny with another family or two for S...


Hi all,

We are moving house soon to Hoeilaart and would like the house professio...


Events & Social


18 Jan
by Muziekpublique
18 Jan
18.01.2018 to 08.02.2018
by Brussels Childbirth Trust...
19 Jan
19.01.2018 to 21.01.2018
La Bresse - Hohneck
by Expat Club


25 Jan
25.01.2018 to 01.02.2018
by Brussels Childbirth Trust asbl (BCT)
2 Jun
02.06.2018 to 03.06.2018
by Expat Club
10 Feb
by Café Floréo