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Preacher: Women Need A Dress Code To Prevent Assault

Preacher: Women Need A Dress Code To Prevent Assault

A Toronto street preacher is shouting out his opinion that laws in Canada need to be changed to give women a dress code so that we can prevent sexual assaults.

These comments are Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana’s response to recent assaults at York University in Toronto. Five women have come forward saying they were assaulted on campus in early July (the suspect is in police custody) and York’s safety measures are currently being reviewed.

Atangana says these could have been prevented if Canadian laws didn’t grant women so much freedom. In a letter to the Toronto Sun, he writes:

Women in North America are falling victims of the Democratic Freedom that you they passionly believe in. The reason why a woman gets raped is because of the way she dress. Women dress so provocatively so much that they receive too much attention for themselves and that attention at times leads to death.

He says that arresting actual rapists doesn’t help the problem because as long as women dress provocatively they will always be targets.

Never does he say that perhaps the men who make women targets might be the problem; in fact, he talks about what women need to do “to avoid being sexually assaulted” rather than what society can do to stop rapists in their tracks.

His letter follows on the heels of remarks by police officer Michael Snaguinetti who told York University law school students: Ive been told Im not supposed to say this, however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.

These men are both serving to make it harder on women to report their assaults for fear of being blamed or not being believed in what should be a safe place.

It might do some good to focus more on the fact that York has no obligation to report complaints to police once they get them, and if those assaults aren’t being reported to police, women on and off campus are being put at risk.

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5:45PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

How about this: Men need to learn to respect woemn and not be a bunch of raging,aping misogynists. There's an idea.

5:37PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Women should be all covered up in case there is a mentally ill rapist around?!? How about locking up all the men just in case there could be rapists in the bunch. I think that a rapist is a rapist, whatever the victim wears. MAYBE a woman "could" avoid being raped, but a sexual abuser will still be one even if a woman is wearing a mini skirt or a winter suit... He will do it when he have the chance to do so.

6:40PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Oh, those nuns who get raped, those are the ones parading around in mini-skirts, eying mens crotches, clearly asking for it, didn't you know?!

1:36AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

This idiot desperately needs to be raped.

How dare he say the victim of someone elses moronic behaviour is their fault

7:14PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

In essence, this Preacher is saying that the victims are "asking for it."
What would his dress code look like? A "proper" Burka or hijab? The level of clothing a woman wears is irrelevant. I've visited "Clothing Optional" beaches (i.e. I'm wearing my "birthday suit"). She may also be wearing nothing, but most women wear bikini bottoms, and about half have tops as well).
I don't have to numbers to back this up but will contend that a woman on one of these beaches (regardless of amount of clothing) is safer than a woman strolling through a City Park (and considerably safe than a woman walking through said park in the dark). I know that, if I saw someone harassing anybody else (in either situation), I would intervene. At the beach, I could count on more support.

1:03PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Oh ya with so many countries in rubble and ablaze in wars born of politically manipulated theocracy, one question might be worth asking of those lands.

Hows that theocracy crap working out for you?

12:45PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

What I meant to say was simply: sexual assaults have nothing to do with sex but rather are violent crimes. It doesn't matter what a woman (or man) wears.

12:43PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

How can a person think that rape and sexual assault are not sex crimes but crimes of violence that are independent of what a woman wears.

1:57PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

All the times we see Muslims in a burka or hijab, or hear about women not being able to drive or go to school, we shake our heads at how barbaric those people are. And yet, here we are, heading down the same path. We may not be forced to cover our heads, but we're still responsible for the way men react react to us sexually. This is saying men are so weak and simple-minded that the sight of a patch of bare female skin will cause them to lose all control. Men rule the world, have the power to destroy it and run multi-billion dollar companies, but they can't say no when they see a woman's bare stomach or the tops of her breasts. What? Your dick just gets hard and you lose all control and responsibility?

12:52PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

So this preacher lives in the dark ages and does not know that rape is a case of hatred of women in general and that it does not matter how you dress any woman can be raped. Even nuns have been raped.

Sadly people like him is what keeps rapist on the streets and turns them back out on the streets. Women can only be prepared the best they can to prevent or stop an assault but it is extremely difficult and dangerous. I've been assaulted by an ex cop and believe me there was no defense. If I had had a gun I would have shot him but then I would be in jail.

We need politician and judges that truly understand what rape is about and that these men do not change. They will do it again. It is like child molesters. They are twisted beyond help.

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