Volunteers needed for SlutWalk

The number one myth I hear around street harassment is that it’s women’s fault because of the way we dress.  That’s also a common myth when you hear about the sexual assault of women. Case in point:

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police stated, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.

Outraged folks in Toronto are doing something about that victim-blaming — they’re holding SlutWalk.

SlutWalk is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd, 2011.
Speeches at 1:30. Walk at 2:00.
Starting location is central Queen’s Park,
heading to Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street.
Facebook Event Page

More on the Why:

“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.”

Volunteers Needed:

  • March 26: They have a prep day this coming up Saturday where they need people to come help with making signs, etc
  • April 3: They need volunteers on the actual event day
  • Starting Now: They need people to just keep spreading the word through word of mouth/social media/etc.

People interested in volunteering can contact Erika Scholz, at volunteer@slutwalktoronto.com

If you’re not in Toronto, think about starting your satellite SlutWalk, info here.

3 Responses to Volunteers needed for SlutWalk

  1. Ed Drain says:

    Not that you need any examples of how damaging the myth that how women are dressed makes sexual assault somehow their fault and not the attackers, but currently there is a raging “debate” in the United States,over the same issue — this time over the rape of an 11-year old girl,
    who the alleged attackers said she was dressed in clothes that made her look older.

    You all are doing something great and I hope everyone sees the value in what you are doing!


  2. Kelly says:

    Last time I checked it isn’t a criminal offense for women to whatever the he’ll they like (in western countries at least). Exactly the hell are clothes a provocation let’s face it, this is about women and girls simply being…

    Being in public
    Being a woman/girl
    Being alive

    It’s a existential crisis, daring to exist means you deserve victimization. Apparently females don’t deserves to exist unless we exist on the strict terms of controlling men. Sound crazy right well it is, we aren’t allowed to simply be. The people who harass, abuse and assualt anyone are they problem

  3. Clarice says:

    wow, this is brilliant! It’s about time that we started getting it through to those who victim blame. We need to send a message across that women should not be frowned upon based on what they wear. It is NEVER a womans fault if she is harassed or assaulted. Full stop!

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