Can Your Clothes Ask For You To Be Raped?, Toronto Women Protest With “Slut Walk”

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Of course the question in the title of this article is purely for rhetorical value, however what’s sad is that the question has to be asked at all. On January 24th 2011, the Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti told a personal security class at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Although he was sure to make an apology for his massive blunder and choice of words, the women of Toronto have been sure to show their disapproval in what’s been affectionately named the “Slut Walk”

Take a look at some footage below from the 1st annual Slut Walk in Toronto,which has sparked and inspired other walks around the world.


SlutWalk Montreal by TheGazette



While I wish another name would have been chosen, although I do realize it was done for shock value, I think that these women are very brave for shedding light on something that is tragically becoming an epidemic. As a rape victim myself, the topic hits close to home and I know at NO point in my situation did I “air quotes” ask to be sexually assaulted and beaten by my attacker… in fact I was wearing jeans and a sweater when it happened to me. Further more, while I believe there should be a level of decorum when women AND men dress in society… I think it’s extremely wrong to excuse a rapists actions and push blame unto the victim just because of the choice of clothes… at what point did saying “NO” not become enough?

The crazy thing about this is, I was recently having a chat with my younger sibling about dressing the way you want to be perceived. And I remember explaining to her that whether you want to be viewed as jezebel or not can be influenced by the attire you choose to wear, I even took the time to point out to her that the legal system has gotten to the point that they’re blaming women for being raped by their clothing, don’t worry I’ll be sure she sees this video, and then I caught wind of this. By the end of our conversation it boiled down to dressing as a virtuous woman should dress, you can be attractive and not dress like a prostitute. You can wear a shorter skirt and not wear it to the point of seeing all your goodies… Society has definitely lost it’s way as far as what is being considered the “norm” in dressing, entertainment, etc… however, as people it’s important to hang on to our morals and code of conduct. Raise our daughters to be women of virtue and our sons to be men of valor, do not allow the media/society to dictate the values you keep in your home.

Don’t be afraid to be different and NOT go along with popular culture, at the end of the day I just want to make sure that the Lord is pleased with the woman I am.

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