…but I’m just not sure who needs the retraining in this case.
In January, Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti told a personal security class at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
Sanguinetti apologized for his comments, but his apology failed to satisfy walk organizer Sonya Barnett.
“It was evident that if you’re going to have a representative of the police force come out [and say that] then that kind of idea must be still running rampant within the force itself and that retraining really needs to happen to change that mentality,” she said.
Granted it’s not the most PC thing to say, but the message underlying the poor choice of vocabulary is nonetheless valid. Should women have to avoid dressing provocatively? Well no… but then again I, the quintessential white boy, shouldn’t have to be afraid of walking through a ghetto late at night either.
But that’s okay, if we retrain the people on our side that are talking without thinking, then the streets will be safe again for everyone… or maybe not… sheesh…
The whole CBC web story