Last month thousands of women took to the Toronto streets dressed in lingerie and miniskirts. Calling their movement SlutWalk, they were protesting a police officer's statement to college students, after a wave of sexual assaults at York University, that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." Organized mainly through social media, SlutWalks have now occurred throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The goal, say organizers, is to debunk the belief that victims of sexual assault are responsible for the assault because of their clothing—or for any other reason.
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Christian singer Rebecca St. James, discussing SlutWalk with Sean Hannity on Monday, put to words this entrenched belief. The newly married St. James said, "Women are asking for sex if they are dressed immodestly." While she said "there is never an excuse no matter how a woman is dressed for a man to abuse a woman,"
I mean, I love the t-shirt modest is hottest. I absolutely believe it. I got married two weeks ago to a holy hunk. I have lived out purity …. I think there has to be a responsibility though for what a woman is wearing, personal responsibility …. Purity and modesty go hand in hand. I think when a woman is dressing in an immodest way, in a provocative way, she has got to think about what is she saying by her dress?
If SlutWalks and "modest is hottest" t-shirts sum up the current public conversation about sexual assault, then we need a better conversation. That's why Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault (Crossway Books / Re:Lit) comes as a breath of gospel-infused fresh air.
Authors Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb are uniquely gifted ...1
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