Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Less of a detour and more of a main parade! Brilliant turnout for Slutwalk London on Saturday, with women (plus a fair few men and transgender people) of all ages taking to the streets to challenge the notion that survivors of rape or sexual assault are ever to blame. Sound like stating the bleedin' obvious?  Well yes, but it's disturbing how pervasive such an attitude still is.

The Slutwalk movement was sparked in January 2011 in response to a statement by a Toronto policeman, who said that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized". Though voiced in particularly blatant language, this argument is ever present as an insidious backdrop to everyday life in the city. I can recall countless times crossing the road, looking away, putting up my hood or otherwise regulating my own behaviour when walking alone in order to avoid unwanted attention. 

Stigmatising women (or indeed anyone) because of how they act or dress, is dangerous for the whole of society - the onus should be on teaching that it's never okay to sexually harass, assault, abuse or rape another person

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