Don’t Dress Like a Slut!

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

According to a police officer in Toronto, Canada the best way for women to prevent sexual assault is to not dress like a slut. On January 24, 2011 at Osgoode Hall Law School, a campus safety information session was held and two male officers from the local police division were in attendance. When giving his presentation, one of the officers said that women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like a ‘slut’. Yes, I know you’re shocked, but these were his exact words.

This statement says and implies many things, all of which are wrong. First, this statement implies that women are asking to be raped by dressing like ‘sluts’. Second, this police officer is essentially blaming victims for something that was done to them. Third, this also reinforces the idea of not reporting a rape because you will be blamed for it. A statement like this, especially made by a law enforcement officer, displays just how hard it is for a rape victim to speak up. Fourth, this undermines a woman’s right to display her sexuality. There are so many things wrong with this statement that there isn’t enough space to express them all. I’ll let you decide. Here is the link to the article about this story:

http://www.excal.on.ca/news/don%E2%80%99t-dress-like-a-slut-toronto-cop/

The school and its officials are currently asking for a statement of apology from the police officer and the entire local police division. So far, no apology has been given.

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