Beyond SlutWalk: A New Conversation about Sexual Assault
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,"
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