Edmonton Slut Walk

 

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  • Why Slut Walk? Why not pick a nicer name
  • I’m not a slut
  • I wouldn’t want to reclaim that word I never wanted it to begin with

The thing is 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”

The police officer was appropriating rape myths–the idea that what you wear can mean you are asking to be sexually assaulted. This is wrong.

Did you know?

  • One of every 17 Canadian women is raped at some point in her life
  • A woman is sexually assaulted by forced intercourse every 17 minutes in Canada
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 15-24 are the most likely victims
  • 80% of assaults happen in the victim’s home
  • 70% of rapes are committed by a perpetrator who knows the victims (relative, friend, neighbour, colleague, or other acquaintance)
  • Approximately one half of all rapes occur on dates
  • 62% of victims are physically injured in the attack; 9% are beaten severely or disfigured
  • Statistics Canada has found that one in four girls and one in eight boys have been sexually abused by the time they are eighteen

Source Justice Institute of British Columbia

So why is it called Slut Walk? It’s not about wanting to be a slut, it’s about that word being used to discredit victims of sexual abuse for their history, style of clothing or behaviour. If you can prove that a person is a “slut” then you have an excuse to deny their humanity. So if you want to know why it’s a SLUT walk it is because this word is being used to ignore reality, that 80% of victims are being assaulted in their own homes.

There’s nothing a person can ever do to deserve sexual violence.

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’. He highlighted a troublesome mindset that a lot of people have about sexual assault.

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.

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