On January 24, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police Service was quoted saying, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.”
Slutwalk Chicago aims to combat the myth of “the slut” and the culture of victim blaming that prevails the world over.
Our mission is to enforce the truth that those who experience sexual assault are never at fault– no exceptions. We seek to combat a culture that teaches “don’t get raped,” as opposed to “don’t rape.” ” (SLUTWALKCHICAGO.ORG)
Something you should probably check out, if you’re in the area. Even if you aren’t, I encourage you to consider the implications of such a thing. Before you totally freak out and assume this is an event to memorialize/heroicize the “walk of shame” (If you don’t understand what I’m talking about here, please look it up. I don’t want to be responsible for explaining it actually ON here), please STEP BACK and actually realize what this is:
(I’ve copied it from their homepage as to spare you the 7 second loading time it would take to go to it yourself)
“Inspired by Slutwalk Toronto, Slutwalk Chicago is a march in support of education and against intolerance.
I, of course, agree with the idea that it is never the offended’s fault, regardless of circumstance. But, I was more interested in the difference between “don’t get raped” and “don’t rape”.
The implications of don’t get raped seems to suggest that those circumstances are within the offended’s control; ie, if it happens, it is their fault.
Of course I am not opposed to exercising safe practices, such as traveling in groups/pairs, avoiding high risk areas like alleys, abstaining from alcohol/drug use, dressing like an Amish middle-aged woman, and abiding by curfew. However, these circumstances are not always something able to be adhered to, for one, nor is participating in any of these “unsafe” practices the only way to find yourself victim to sexual assault, and to imply that they are would be naive and misleading, endangering young women (and men!) everywhere.
Belonging to a culture who emphasizes don’t rape implicates the offender (as well as the behavior) as the wrong, and the offended as simply that; offended.
And maybe that’s something we need to emphasize a little more.