York University has served notice of defamation against Toronto Life magazine
York University has served notice for defamation against Toronto Life magazine over an article in the magazine's October issue -- now delivered to subscribers and available on newsstands -- which suggests young women students live in fear of sexual assault. The secondary cover line on the issue is "Why are there so many rapes at York U?"
The notice, which is preliminary to an actual lawsuit, names Toronto Life Publishing Ltd. and freelancer Katherine Laidlaw, who wrote the story.
A statement from York president and vice-chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri says the article presents "a wholly distorted picture of women's safety" on the campus, making "sweeping and misleading generalizations that foster an atmosphere of fear in the York community and beyond and cause undue reputational and other damages to the University."
"On its cover, the magazine suggests that York’s campus has been the site of a disproportionately high number of rapes. This is patently false.
"The article also characterizes the campus as a “hunting ground for sexual predators,” using language that is inflammatory and baseless.
"Distorting and misrepresenting facts may help to sell magazines, but it does nothing to address the serious issue of sexual violence."Toronto Life Publishing Limited has declined to respond or comment.