Toronto's Slutwalk started three years ago as a response to victim-blaming in sexual assaults.
On Saturday at 3 p.m. hundreds of people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square for the annual Slutwalk.
According to the group’s website, the “collective action against victim-blaming in support of survivors of sexual violence” will march north on University Avenue to Queen’s Park, where speakers are set to address the crowd.
Included in that group is Cheri DiNovo, the NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park whose 2012 “Toby’s Act” amended the Ontario Human Rights Code to include gender identity and gender expression.
SlutWalk began in 2011, as a response to a Toronto police officer’s comment that women should “avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
Const. Michael Sanguinetti’s talk about sexual assault to Osgoode Hall Law School students angered many and prompted a group of women to plan the march.
The Toronto Police Service condemned Sanguinetti’s comments and apologized to the students in the audience.
Similar marches have taken place across Canada and in 200 countries around the world.