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Cop Disciplined for Advising Law Students at Safety Session Not to Dress Like Sluts

Posted Feb 18, 2011 8:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Toronto police officer is apologizing for his advice to law students on how to avoid sexual assault.

The officer, speaking during a safety information session last month at Osgoode Hall Law School, told the women students that they shouldn’t dress like sluts, the Excalibur reports. Ronda Bessner, assistant dean for the J.D. program, says she was “shocked and appalled” by the remark and she asked police for an apology.

“One of the safety tips was for women not to dress like ‘sluts.’ ” Bessner told the Excalibur. “He said something like, ‘I’ve been told I shouldn’t say this,’ and then he uttered the words.”

Police say the officer has been disciplined, but didn’t specify the punishment, the Canadian Press reports. He wrote a letter of apology that has been distributed to law students via e-mail by the law school dean, according to the Toronto Star.

The officer said he is “embarrassed” by the remark, and women are not “victims by choice.”

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