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In the various Slutwalks around the world, there are usually speaker meetings and workshops, live music, sign-making sessions, leafleting, open microphones, chanting, dances, martial arts, and receptions or after-parties with refreshments. The movement’s ideology has been questioned and its methodology criticized. My comment was hurtful in this respect. I am embarrassed by the comment I made and it shall not be repeated. Lorne Sossin who said they’ve been told the officer “is being disciplined and will be provided with further professional training. They observe that historically, “slut” has had negative connotations, and that their goal is to reclaim the term. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work.

No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault. Barnett considered the apology was not enough, since the officer’s stereotypical idea still exists in society. It isn’t about just one idea or one police officer who practices victim blaming, it’s about changing the system and doing something constructive with anger and frustration. Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said cautioning women on their state of dress is not part of any police training. In fact, this is completely contradictory to what officers are taught,” she said.

They are taught that nothing a woman does contributes to a sexual assault. If that type of, frankly, archaic thinking still exists among any of my officers, it highlights for me the need to continue to train my officers and sensitize them to the reality of victimization. If that were the case, there would be no rapes of women who wear veils and we know there are rapes in those countries,” she said. Linking provocative clothing to sexual assault “is a huge myth” and all it does is “blame the survivor of a sexual assault while taking the onus away from the perpetrator,” she said.

A university spokesperson also said the school was “surprised and shocked” by the comment, although it does have a good and collaborative relationship with police. To be sure, such a comment from law enforcement is highly offensive in suggesting that some victims of rape are responsible for the criminal acts of their attackers. Rhodes and another man outside a bar “and made it publicly known that they wanted to party. The court in Winnipeg, Manitoba, heard that the victim had willingly gone off with Rhodes and kissed him.

But after she rebuffed his further advances three times he raped her by the side of the road once they were alone. Rhodes admitted telling the woman ‘it would only hurt for a little while’ during the assault. Dewar rejected his defence but said aspects of it could be considered in sentencing. Prosecutors had asked for a three-year sentence, but Dewar gave Rhodes a conditional or suspended sentence, and ordered him to write a letter of apology to his victim. Politicians of all stripes joined student and feminist groups and those who work with sexual assault victims in decrying the comments. Shannon Sampert said this is the collateral damage that occurs when you have poorly trained judges in the system. She said surveys repeatedly show one of the primary reasons women do not report being raped is because of a fear of being victimized again by the justice system.

On February 25, nearly 100 people gathered to call for Justice Robert Dewar’s resignation. Although this was not a part of Slutwalk, the launch of Slutwalk Toronto on April 3 gave the case national diffusion within Canada. On October 16, Slutwalk Winnipeg took place to reiterate the protest against the judge. On November 9, Justice Dewar formally apologized. Some of the letters of complaint, from persons who have worked directly with past victims, have pointed out that some of my comments were also traumatic for them. I very much regret that as well.

Neil Wittmann, who reviewed the complaints against Dewar, said Dewar’s comments “showed a clear lack of sensitivity towards victims of sexual assault” but do not merit his removal from the bench. The Manitoba Court of Appeal later overturned Rhodes’ conviction and ordered a new trial be set. Rhodes was sentenced to three years in prison in 2013. The first Slutwalk was organized in Toronto, Ontario, on April 3, 2011.

We want Police Services to truly get behind the idea that victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and sexual profiling are never acceptable. The idea that a slut is a lesser person and deserving of sexual assault isn’t exclusive to the police. Media also has to get behind this idea. The day began with speeches before moving to the Toronto Police Headquarters. The invitation in Slutwalk Toronto website also warned: “Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve: we just ask that you come. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends.