The event was opportunity for survivors and supporters to share stories and show support to each other and the many voices who remain silent for fear of being blamed or not believed at all. To stand amongst them and claim – “Rapists go to jail here” – was an asshole move.
Southern is claiming what about all the sexual assaults that happen in Canada (both reported and not) that never get to court? That those victims weren’t really assaulted? That they are lying? What happened to them wasn’t a “legitimate” rape? That everyone who has ever raped was held accountable for it?
The Libertarian candidate is now upset and claims she is “…astonished and disgusted that people are knowingly lying and trying to ruin my character because I disagree with them and I respect the right to an opinion and believe you should be able to try it.”
For the record – most rapists do NOT go to jail in Canada. Most don’t even get reported to the police.
Saying we are living in a rape culture in Canada is intellectually dishonest.
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) June 8, 2015
Slut-Walk was started after a police officer told women if they didn’t want to be raped don’t dress like sluts. Following his comments a small group of people in Toronto kicked off what became a global movement by challenging harmful, victim-blaming language.