SlutWalks against sexism and violence

This video from Canada says about itself:

4 April 2011

These are some clips from the Toronto SlutWalk. My camera died before the other speakers could go on in front of Toronto Police headquarters. I forgot the male speaker’s name but I liked his message to other men. He said that men look to other men to know what it is to be a real man. And real men don’t rape. Real men respect women.

There were a large number of men there today at the SlutWalk supporting the cause. It was a beautiful experience to see so many men stand up for women’s rights. I have hopes that in the coming years Toronto can turn the SlutWalk into a Slut Pride week. So that like Pride week the city can come together and celebrate its diversity.

From SlutWalk Toronto in Canada:

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. 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.

We are a movement demanding that our voices be heard. We are here to call foul on our Police Force and demand change. We want Toronto Police Services to take serious steps to regain our trust. We want to feel that we will be respected and protected should we ever need them, but more importantly be certain that those charged with our safety have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.

We are tired of speeches filled with lip service and the apologies that accompany them. What we want is meaningful dialogue and we are doing something about it: WE ARE COMING TOGETHER. Not only as women, but as people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere.

We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. 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. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us. This has become a global movement, with Satellites happening all over the world. …

Join us in our mission to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.

We are currently working on the next steps for SlutWalk Toronto, and SlutWalk as an umbrella for a global support system. Check out what we’ve got planned for the rest of the year. You can also chime in on our Facebook Page, where hundreds of conversations are taking place.

‘SlutWalk’ – the right to walk the streets – comes to London: here. See also here. And here.

SlutWalk Amsterdam photos: here.

Slutwalk – next stop New Delhi: here.

Britain: Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was under pressure to resign today after he outraged victims by appearing to be trivialising teenage rape and suggested halving sentences for offenders who plead guilty.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke refused today to apologise for his comments on rape sentencing and laughed off suggestions that he should resign as “a little odd”.

Tory MEP reignites row over Kenneth Clarke rape remarks: here.

Prosecuting women while violent men have impunity to rape: here.

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