Sexual Assault, Sexual, And Sexual Aggression

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Often, when we talk about the oppression of women, we automatically focus our attention to other regions of the world where women are stereotyped for being oppressed by men. In these regions, the topic of women’s oppression has been exploited and hyperbolized by the modern-day media. Therefore, we ignore the difficulties that women in the north American region face daily. This situation is furthermore exacerbated when it involves topics such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence and rape. Statistics shows that one in four women who reside in North America will be raped in their lifetime (“Sexual assault and rape statistics, Canada,” n.d.). The country in North America that I will focus my research on is Canada. Sexual violence Rape …show more content…

This goes to show how quick the society is to shame a crime victim, rather than find and lawfully punish the criminal. The Slutwalk movement is a women’s movement whose goal is to challenge and end society’s way of trying to explain and lessen the severity of rape by calling into question the victim’s mode of dressing, location and other factors that shouldn’t even matter. Created and organized by Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett, Slutwalk began on the streets of Toronto, Canada in the year 2011. (Mendes & Macmillan, 2015) The idea to organize this march came as a result of a law enforcement-agent’s advice to students from York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” This officer indirectly buttressed the longstanding myth that women who dress sexy are indirectly seeking attention from men and therefore, it is okay to blame them if they eventually get sexually assaulted. (“SlutWalk,” 2011). Ever since 2011, Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett have witnessed several slutwalks around the globe, and these walks have successfully led many to have a rethink about the usage of the word “slut” when describing women, and the implications it can have on a rape victim.
Another goal of the Slutwalk movement is to reclaim the word slut, and bear it proudly. The idea behind this is: since women who have been rape victims are disrespected by the society,

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