Over the span of several months, Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim says he watched his reputation plummet from that of a highly respected scholar to "a pariah" in his field. It all started, the McGill University professor insisted, with a consensual relationship with an undergraduate student that exploded into scandal. Now, he's suing a student and colleague for defamation, accusing them of instigating a smear campaign that he says sunk his tenure bid and destroyed his career.
Ibrahim, an assistant professor of Islamic law at McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies, joins a growing list of faculty members accused of sexual misconduct who are taking their accusers to court. The trend has sparked fears that it could make victims of harassment and assault even more reluctant to file complaints and bystanders less likely to speak up.
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