Slutwalk ~ Coming to a town near you!

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim. Text taken from SlutWalk Toronto’s website

SlutWalk is an opportunity for women and men of all ages and persuasions to come together and say loud and clear that what we wear, bears no relationship to our risk of assault and is NEVER an excuse for violating our safety, privacy and personal space.

Now, SlutWalk is coming to Australia.

SlutWalk Melbourne

May 28th

Facebook invite here.

Adelaide SlutWalk

JUNE 11th

Facebook invite here.

SlutWalk Sydney

JUNE 13th

Facebook invite here.

Image of protestor by Rick Carroll, taken from Flickr under Creative Commons Licence

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