Hundreds gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to take part in the second annual Toronto “Slutwalk,” Friday.
Demonstrators held signs and chanted as they made their way up University Avenue to Queen’s Park.
One man holding a sign “Consent is hot, assault is not” told 680News attitudes need to change.
“I think what that officer said at York University is obviously a sentiment that’s held by an unfortunate amount of people. I think it’s really necessary to combat those attitudes because they’re so pervasive within our society and so damaging to women and young men as well,” he said.
Another demonstrator said the issues go well beyond the march.
“It’s not just this one day with a couple of hours of people marching in Toronto, it’s just getting your voices out – period. It’s just done an amazing, amazing job with it,” she said.
When demonstrators arrived at Queen’s Park several victims of sexual assault shared their stories.
The first “Slutwalk”, held in April 2011, drew thousands and triggered rallies around the world.
The origin of the march comes from a comment made by a Toronto police constable, who told a group of students at York University not to dress like “sluts” to avoid sexual violence.