Toronto’s “SlutWalk” becomes a transnational movement calling for an end to rape culture and blaming and shaming of sexual assault victims

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Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti had been giving a talk on health and safety to a group of students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto when he made the now infamous remarks. “You know, I think we’re beating around the bush here,” he reportedly told them. “I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.”

The remarks hit a nerve and the incident soon went viral sparking outrage in Toronto and around the world. Several young women responded by organizing the first SlutWalk in Toronto on April 3, 2011. SlutWalk protests emerge throughout the globe calling for an end to shaming and blaming of sexual assault victims for violence committed against them.


Photo credit: By Anton Bielousov – Own work: Slutwalk (Toronto, ON), CC BY 3.0,

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