by Jillian Washburn
I’ve been seeing and reading small pieces of information about the walk that sparked my interest and support. Originally I had thought the reason for such an empowering movement had come solely from slut shaming still being such a large part of todays society. It wasn’t until I received an email did I realize this walk has more meaning behind it then simply fighting stereotypes and sexual freedom. Upon reading the email and subsequently visiting the website, I learned that on January 24, 2011 a rep. from the Toronto Police stated, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. The organization, it’s allies, and their many supporters, myself included, are tired of the myths and stereotypes perpetuated about victims of sexual assault. With this march they hope to spark a realization and understanding that no matter someone’s choice in clothing, occupation, or lifestyle, sexual assault is never acceptable as a part of life and should never be blamed on the victim. SlutWalk Toronto is an event everyone, inside of Canada or not, should be aware of. To learn more about the march, create your own march in solidarity, or to spread the word visit slutwalktoronoto.com!