Officer tells students don’t dress like a ‘slut’

UPDATE: Toronto police to apologize for comments made at York


 

A Toronto police officer reportedly told York University students that to avoid sexual assault, women should not dress like “sluts.” The word was uttered in late January during a session on campus security held at Osgoode Hall. Describing the incident, Ronda Bessner, an assistant dean in the law school, told the Excalibur that “One of the safety tips was for women not to dress like ‘sluts.’ He said something like, ‘I’ve been told I shouldn’t say this,’ and then he uttered the words.” Bessner subsequently called Toronto police to complain and to demand an apology from the officer who made the comment. A spokesperson for the police said they are investigating the matter. “[This is] definitely something that we take very seriously. This matter […] has been brought to the attention of our professional standards unit and is something we will be looking into,” the spokesperson said.

UPDATE: The Toronto Sun is reporting that the officer who made the comments will be issuing an apology. “The officer will personally send a letter of apology to the faculty and students at Osgoode Hall,” Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash said.


 
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Officer tells students don’t dress like a ‘slut’

  1. lol

  2. Name and shame this cowardly officer. He must accept responsibility for his remarks and face the fallout.

  3. Yes, the officer should have chosen his words more carefully, but, to be bluntly honest, he’s completely correct and it seems to me like he was speaking with the best intentions, not to insult anyone. Research has proven that there is a direct correlation between the way a woman dresses and her chances of being sexually assaulted. Not because she’s “asking for it” or anything like that, but for two reasons: 1) It’s arousing, plain and simple, and 2) short skirts and skimpy shirts are much easier to get around than jeans and a hoodie. The “begging for it” bullshit is what they say after they’ve been charged with rape and they’re trying to save their own asses. So, he should have spoken more carefully, but the meaning and intention behind his words seem to have been twisted.

  4. “Research has proven that there is a direct correlation between the way a woman dresses and her chances of being sexually assaulted.”

    Citations?

  5. Welcome to Osgoode Hall, where freedom of speech is just part of the jargon we will teach you in order to fleece the rubes! Clearly, it doesn’t apply in our house!

  6. i’ve been to york for four years and I must say…york girls do dress “sluttier” than other universities i’ve been in. I’m not saying that their lifestyle is defined by the clothes they wear but is it really necessary to wear heels during a snow storm? The cop chose his words poorly but it is true…girls who dress in skimpy clothes are probably more likely to get sexually assaulted than a girl who wears jeans and a top. the “study” that the previous user mentioned makes sense..i mean if someone had to choose between a girl who’s barely wearin anythin at all and someone who’s wearing clothes that are hard to get off..i’m sure if he had a brain he’d chose the one that had the easiest clothes to get off. I doubt the cop was blaming sexual victims for their misfortune. It’s a shame that a cop uses the word slut and he gets suspended…but i hear girls using the word every day to describe another girl…i guess slut is the new “n” word..can only be said by girls..

  7. a woman has the right to dress As she wishes. It is never okay for someone to take away her ability to feel safe in her own body simply because society deems her dresses provocative. A woman has the right to to say no and have her decision be respected. Justifying a rape by the clothes a victim wears is a feeble attempt to defend a sick perverted individual, which is never okay. My body, my choice.

  8. For anyone who is trying to justify the officer’s words, you clearly have not been properly educated when it comes to sexual assault. Women are abused everyday, regardless of what they are wearing. To suggest a rape victim should not have worn a certain article of clothing is putting some of the blame on her, which is completly unexceptable! Why does a woman have to worry about what she wears when she goes out? as another post said the idea of “ease of access” is completly illogical!! Woman are abused during the winter wearing a parka and snow pants just as they are during the summer wearing short shorts. And rape rarely has to do with the fact that the woman had cloths on that were easy to get off. Instead it is a case of a sick individual with deap seeded mental issues. To say this officer is justified in what he said, is to essentially say rape victims carry the blame for being attacked. How can any of you logically support that!?

  9. “a woman has the right to dress As she wishes” Yes, and I have the right to leave my car unlocked in a dodgy part of town. It doesn’t mean I’ve made a wise choice.

    Since he represented the government and police force, the officer was wrong in his choice of words. But were he addressing his daughter instead of the public he would have been justified. Right message, wrong expression.

  10. How sad, but true, that although women must have the right to wear what they choose, inappropriate dress for the particular occasion does suggest certain libeties and behaviors are permissible. Women must learn that what is ok at an evening social event, is not appropriate for daytime street wear. We should earn respect, not deny it.

  11. agreed. Of course research has proven no such thing but I get the point of what you are saying.

  12. Really? We have to dress in such a way that it’s difficult for men to stick their prick where no one invited it? Well, then, I guess we won’t be seeing any more objections to Islamic women wearing hijabs, right? Because that is exactly why they wear them. They have been taught that men are apparently so limited in their ability to control that penis they’re so proud of that women should cover themselves in robes and head and face scarves so the poor men won’t be tempted to rape them. What bullshit!!!!!!!