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
“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.”
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not in Toronto, think about starting your satellite SlutWalk, info here.