Archive for May, 2011
Examiner May 28
MOST victims of human trafficking are subjected to threats, imprisonment, sexual abuse and beatings by their traffickers, according to a Government report. To read Examiner article please click here.
To read the full report from the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY please click here.
Sexual harassment, assault, violence: ‘It happens all the time, in all walks of life’ please click here for article.
Evening Article May 6 2010
The front page of the The Evening Echo today highlights the story ‘Sex Sale City’. This story highlights the issue that 72 women are for sale in Cork every day on prostitution websites. It states ‘the crude websites allow buyers to rate the women on their profermonce’. It continues ‘Cork is only second to Dublin for the number of women offered online-97% of them are foreign nationals.
To see the full article check Evening Echo
‘Slut Walks’ started in Toronto and events are being organised for destinations across the States, the UK and Europe. The information below is a little about the campaign, check the website for more details. An article appeared in the Examiner on May 9 discussing the issue. See link to article below.
Article in Examiner on May 9 2011
The protest movement, sparked by a Toronto police officer’s remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like “sluts”, came to Boston after advocates saw similar events — largely organised through Facebook and Twitter — pop up in Canada, England and other parts of the US. To read article in full please click here.
On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.
As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.
Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.
Posters the campaign use.