Over the past two days, countless students from across Montreal have reached out to us here at MTL Blog after the publication of an IGTV story that warned of two twenty-something-year-old men harassing female students on Concordia University's campus.
Concordia University has addressed the issue in a series of Instagram posts and tweets, acknowledging the outcry of the student body and increasing security measures across campus.
We were also contacted by an anonymous source who shed some light on the possible source of these men and their intentions.
Take a look at the video below, as well as Concordia's statement on the matter.
TL;DR Countless women at Concordia University are expressing their concern after being approached and incessantly harassed by men who claimed they were not students. These men seemed to follow a similar script when addressing these female students, and an anonymous MTL Blog source has alleged that these men are all paying for "advice" from the same "pick-up artist".
In her IGTV video above, entitled "PSA," Concordia student Lisa Komlos explains that she was approached by two separate males on two separate occasions.
Not only was she made to feel uncomfortable by the insistent behaviour of the males she was approached by, but she also explains that after the second encounter she felt there were a lot of "red flags."
One of the most important details of Komlos' account is that these males seemed to be working off a similar "script," wherein their questions and reactions to her responses were uncanny, leaving her to believe the incidents were related.
On her Instagram currently, there are two sections of "PSA Responses," where you can see countless women recounting very similar experiences that happened to them, many in similar parts of the Concordia campus.
Many students have linked this situation to the ongoing issue of sex-trafficking in Quebec, including reported instances of men attempting to lure teens away from shopping malls, which seems to make Concordia's increased security merely the first step in getting to the bottom of these strangers on campus.
However, an anonymous source reached out to us at MTL Blog because he was certain knew the males that Komlos described in her video. In his messages, he described an extensive system of males who were paying for "dating" advice and help.
These young men allegedly pay for this "advice" to help them meet and approach girls. We still cannot confirm if they are students of Montreal universities or not.
This would then explain the similarities in "scripts," and the use of busy public spaces. In either case, women (and all students) have the right to feel safe and unharassed on campus.
Whether this is a more sinister plot to lure women away from campus or an equally unforgivable system of "pickup artists" scheming to take advantage of Montreal students, Concordia has taken the proper first steps to ensure their student body is at ease.
According to the CBC, the SPVM has not been made aware of any incidents on campus. We will update you as this story continues to develop.