Mass. advocates gear up for 'Boston Slutwalk 2011'

By Russell Contreras
Associated Press / May 7, 2011

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BOSTON—An international protest known as "SlutWalk," which was sparked by a Toronto police officer's remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like "sluts," has begun in Boston.

"Boston Slutwalk 2011," began Saturday around noon at the Boston Common and drew hundreds of marchers. The event aims to bring attention to the mistreatment of sexual assault victims. The rally includes marchers wearing provocative or revealing outfits.

In January, a Toronto police officer told a group of university students that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped. He later apologized.

Since then, SlutWalks -- organized mainly through social media -- have been held in Dallas, Asheville, N.C., and Ottawa, Canada.

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