Canadian university sued after student had child fetishes

A Canadian University has found itself in the middle of a human rights complaint after a male student came to school with disturbing child fetishes including wearing diapers and having the stories of Beatrix Potter read to him by an English professor. 

Katrin Roth, Vancouver Island University’s former director of human rights and workplace safety ended up filing the complaint alleging the Nanaimo university failed to adequately support and protect professors, staff and students.

In 105-page complained to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, several women became so disturbed by the man, they had to change their daily routines to avoid him.

Vancouver Island University, has found itself in the middle of a human rights complaint after a male student came to school with disturbing child fetishes and wearing diapers

Vancouver Island University, has found itself in the middle of a human rights complaint after a male student came to school with disturbing child fetishes and wearing diapers

Vancouver Island University, has found itself in the middle of a human rights complaint after a male student came to school with disturbing child fetishes and wearing diapers

One woman had her husband accompany her to a night class while another became frightened when she realized the man was watching her come and go from the university, according to The Times Colonist

Roth says she learned that the student harassed several women, complimenting them on their clothing while leering at their chests, repeatedly asking staff members to go on dates, and following female staff members.

She says more should have been done to protect university employees.

‘There were a number of opportunities where the university could have prevented more women being sexually exploited in this manner,’ she said.

Janis Ledwell-Hunt, a professor of English women's studies at VIU complained to the university about the man's behavior after he brought children's books into class

Janis Ledwell-Hunt, a professor of English women's studies at VIU complained to the university about the man's behavior after he brought children's books into class

Janis Ledwell-Hunt, a professor of English women’s studies at VIU complained to the university about the man’s behavior after he brought children’s books into class

‘He will not stop unless we make him,’ said Roth. ‘I truly believe that he needs to be medically assessed as to whether he’s a risk to the community,’ she said to CBC.  

The complaint reveals how in 2015, the man submitted a photo of himself partially nude alongside a dirty diaper as part of an English essay. 

Janis Ledwell-Hunt, a professor of English women’s studies at VIU, says she noticed the student’s odd behavior  when she was his professor at the Cowichan campus in 2015.

‘He started to bring children’s books into class and asked that I read them aloud,’ she said to CTV News.

‘On the day he included a photo of himself wearing nothing but a diaper. My heart went to my throat because it was then that I recognized that in his interactions with me all along, he had been manipulating me into this form of role play,’ she said. 

Ledwell-Hunt alleges that when she alerted VIU administration that the student was sexually harassing her, the university failed to take action. Instead, they asked her instead to continue teaching the student. She refused. 

Those with the fetish, which is recognized by psychiatrists, become sexually aroused by such activities as wearing diapers, eating baby food, and having their diapers changed (stock / file photo)

Those with the fetish, which is recognized by psychiatrists, become sexually aroused by such activities as wearing diapers, eating baby food, and having their diapers changed (stock / file photo)

Those with the fetish, which is recognized by psychiatrists, become sexually aroused by such activities as wearing diapers, eating baby food, and having their diapers changed (stock / file photo)

On two occasions the man is alleged to have asked the university’s nurse to change his dirty diapers, although she refused the second time.

In fact, it was only after that nurse spoke with other VIU colleagues that she learned about his inappropriate manner with other employees. 

Even in emails, he communicated in childish, baby talk opening a message ‘Hewoh’.

He wrote about how he had enjoyed the day’s stories, ‘especially the pee pee part!’ and then went onto reveal how he ‘sometimes call people poo poo heads.’ 

It’s not clear whether the man is still a student at Vancouver Island University. 

Shelley Legin, the university’s chief financial officer and vice-president of administration has said the university is confident it took appropriate actions to maintain safety for everyone on campus. 

‘We will follow our procedures and policies, our risk-mitigation protocols and risk assessment protocols to make sure we continue to make VIU a great place to learn,’ she said. 

‘We believe the adult male needs professional psychological help,’ Roth wrote in an email.

‘The case is about his behavior, the imposition of his fetish on non-consenting women at the university and the inadequacy of the university’s response to the concerns of those women.’ 

In the event of any more complaints, the university says it will review its policies and procedures and make any necessary changes.

Roth says she was fired from working at the university in January, for what she believes is retaliation for her investigative work into the harassment complaints.

The Human Rights Tribunal is currently reviewing the complaint.

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