A Toronto cop who warned women that dressing like ****s can attract sexual assault was reprimanded and underwent “further training,” Chief Bill Blair said Sunday.Quote has been trimmed
Blair called Const. Michael Sanguinetti “inexperienced,” adding the officer uttered “something stupid and he’s apologized.”
The constable’s comment sparked outrage, prompting more than 1,500 protesters to stage a “****Walk” Sunday from Queen’s Park to police headquarters on College St.
“I don’t think the officer meant any offence,” added Blair.
Even though the police force insisted the comment does not reflect modern training or professional attitudes towards victims, protesters embarked on the “****Walk” to condemn the long-held belief that a woman’s way of dressing “makes you a target,” organizer Jeanette Janzen said.
Sanguinetti may have had a “sincere wish to help people,” but she said “it points to a larger problem within police culture.”
The officer told a York University law class on Jan. 24 that “women should avoid dressing like ****s in order not to be victimized.”
During the two-hour, peaceful and often light-hearted march from Queen’s Park, most participants dressed casually, others flamboyantly, with many proudly proclaiming they are “****s.”
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Yes, calling yourself a "****", is empowering.