If you’re in Scotland on the 4th of June, there’s something you can do. Come along and join Edinburgh SlutWalk.
The protest was prompted by a police officer’s declaration on his visit to Osgoode Hall Law School:
“I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.“
Well, that sparked a massive protest through Facebook, and Twitter organised a protest against the view that women provoke rapists, that you need to dress modestly or never leave your home, or never go out at night to reduce the chance of being raped.
Below are some figures reported by The Guardian that show the gravity of the situation and how important it is to take action:
“A 2009 Home Office report into violence against women in the UK found that 36% of people believed a woman should be held wholly or partly responsible for being sexually assaulted or raped if she was drunk, and 26% if she was in public wearing sexy or revealing clothes.
The British Crime Survey showed a rise in the number of sexual offences recorded by police from 53,091 in 2009 to 54,602, up 3%, in 2010 with a 6% increase in the number of most serious sexual crimes – up to 44,693 from 42,187 in 2009.”
So please be clear and pass on the message: not wearing a mini skirt will not protect you from not being raped: your body belongs to you.
Come and join us in Edinburgh, London or Cardiff!!! Maternalselves will try to its best to be there.