May 1, 2011

Wear Purple on May 6

No one asks for it! 

Wear purple on Friday, May 6 in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Canada!

In January, a Toronto police officer at a campus safety information session at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School suggested women could avoid sexual assault by not dressing "like sluts”. 

In February, Manitoba judge Dewar gave a conditional two year sentence to a man convicted of sexual assault (meaning he would not serve jail time) stating the victim had been wearing a tube top, high heels, a lot of makeup, and that “sex was in the air” the night of the assault.

Sexual violence is far more common than most people think. 
One in three women in our nation will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. 

Despite the prevalence and impact of this crime, sexual assaults have notoriously low reporting rates; more than 90% of victims do not report their experiences to the police. 

No doubt, Canadians’ continual exposure to cases in which women are blamed for their own sexual victimization impacts many women’s decision to speak out after experiencing an assault. 

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