On Jan. 24, 2011, at an event hosted at Osgoode Hall Law School, a police constable gave his two cents as to how students can avoid getting sexually assaulted: "Avoid dressing like sluts." The officer's remarks reverberated across the globe.
In response to not simply the officer's comments but a "blame-the-victim" attitude for rape and sexual assault cases, a group of women organized what they dubbed a "SlutWalk" in Toronto, which was attended by around 3,000 participants, with many scantily clad. Organizers sought to raise awareness of victim-blaming and also appropriate what has long been a derogatory term toward women.
Similar events have been staged since in cities worldwide, including New York, London, Sao Paolo, New Delhi and many more.