Mayor’s niece sorry for ‘whore’ tweet, says didn’t mean to offend

TORONTO – The niece of the mayor of Canada’s most populous city apologized Thursday for suggesting women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing “like a whore” after the comment brought a public backlash.

Krista Ford, the niece of Mayor Rob Ford and the daughter of Coun. Doug Ford, expressed her regret on Twitter, where she originally made the controversial declaration.

“I didn’t mean to cause such an alarm and I apologize if I did. I just want women to be safe,” she wrote on the social media site.

Ford, who was captain of Toronto’s short-lived lingerie football team, had earlier advised women to “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore.”

Her message followed a police warning about a recent string of sexual assaults in the city’s west end and sparked online outrage before it was yanked from her Twitter account.

Among her critics was a woman who identified herself as a victim in one of the six sexual assaults that prompted the police alert.

“You’re a woman and you should know that your body is yours and yours alone,” the woman wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook.

“For the record, I was sexually assaulted while wearing a knee-length polka-dot dress,” she added.

Some questioned the sincerity of Ford’s apology, while others defended her against critics who took issue with her own attire.

“If your argument against Krista Ford’s comments about sexual assault are based on the way she dresses, you’re doing it wrong,” one tweet read.

Ford’s polarizing tweet came more than a year after a Toronto police officer made similar recommendations while speaking to university students about campus safety.

The officer was criticized for his advice that women should avoid dressing “like sluts” to reduce the risk of assault, and later apologized.

His comment became the catalyst for SlutWalk, a series of marches to protest the suggestion that victims are to blame.

(The Canadian Press, 680News)




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Mayor’s niece sorry for ‘whore’ tweet, says didn’t mean to offend

  1. I like how she’s not apologizing for what she said, but how everyone is reacting to it. It’s no different than me calling someone stupid and then apologizing that they are stupid.

  2. I find it rather ironic that someone who was active in the jigglefest known as lingerie football would tell others not to dress like a whore. Clearly not too self-aware.

    • Not sure that I completely agree with that assessment…I mean, sure, there is a mild contradiction (at least on the surface) between her participation in the lingerie football league and her recommendation to Toronto women, which may or may not reflect on her self-awareness. But it is, at worst, a mild contradiction.

      On the one hand, yes, she had a job that involves scant clothing, but that job was carried out in a very public location, with all sorts of security at close hand. On the other hand she offers 5 distinct pieces of advice to try to deal with the concern, 4 of which should be at least somewhat effective, and one of which is probably only very marginally effective, if at all, but hey, a person could at least consider it as an option.

      Yes, ideally women should be able to walk anywhere at anytime without paying close attention to their surroundings, without the need for mace, without the need for self-defence courses, dressed however they want. Sadly we aren’t quite there yet.

      I could be wrong, but I really doubt that Ford was blaming the victims, at all.

  3. I guess thoughtless comments run in the family. Next Rob will tell us that most rapists are illegal aliens…

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