Just here to invite you all to an upcoming protest!
Following the statement made by a representative from the Toronto police force arguing that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not be victimized," Toronto residents took to the streets and marched against victim blaming and the mentality of teaching women not to get raped as opposed to teaching men and society not to rape.
This event is a fight against victim blaming and slut shaming. It is a call against societies', and thus the justice and enforcement systems', belief that only "good girls" deserve to not get raped and have the crimes committed against them investigated and their abusers prosecuted.
It is a battle against the notion that a woman is "asking for it" if she wears a miniskirt, perfume, a tank top, or a thong. It is a condemnation of the interrogation rape victims go through to prove they are not "sluts" and therefore did not "want" to be raped.
It is a validation of the right every women, man, and child have to expect to live a life free from rape and to recieve empathy, police assistance, and justice if such a thing were to occur regardless of their behaviour, clothing, lifestyle, or work because NOTHING makes rape acceptable or understandable.
This is a re-appropriation of the negative term "slut" which has been used to hurt so many, including rape victims. This taking back of such a de-legitimizing, disenfranchising, and reductive slur serves, as has the re-appropriation of the term queer, to negate it's power and its use in continued oppression.
THE MONTREAL SLUTWALK BEGINS AT PARC DE LA PAIX (ST LAURENT NORTH OF RENÉ LÉVESQUE) ON SUNDAY, MAY 29,
All are welcome!