SlutWalks send ‘mixed message’ – relationship expert

ONE News June 24, 2011 

Organisers of ‘SlutWalks’ planned for Wellington and Auckland tomorrow are being accused of sending the wrong message. Wellington and Auckland rape crisis groups will be joining hundreds of other skimpily clad people to protest comments made by a Toronto police officer to a group of university students in January. Constable Michael Sanguinetti told students that women should avoid dressing like “sluts” to avoid being raped, the Guardian reported. He later apologised. New Zealand SlutWalk organisers Ruth Amato and Angela Smith say the message is about putting the blame back on the perpetrator, not the victim.

…Bob McCoskrie from Family First said he agrees so-called ‘slutty’ clothing is no excuse for rape. But he still thinks women need to consider how they dress. “We need to understand a male has testosterone. They’re turned on by the visual. Images are important – that’s why the porn industry does so well,” he said. “Marching for the right to be called a slut? Just doesn’t sit right.”
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