"We believe that an appropriate school uniform (eg school trousers, knee-length school skirt etc) protects children from being targeted by sexual predators."And what's worse, the BBC reports that it's not been written by some random ill-informed idiot at the school, but has the approval of Glasgow City Council.
Apparently the advice is in response to the conviction of a man earlier this year for grooming and abusing kids.
The letter to parents hints that they, or their kids, may in some way be responsible for any abuse or unwanted attention that comes their way because of what they choose to wear. That sort of victim blaming attitude is entirely wrong. The people who carry out abuse are responsible. Not anyone else. Not ever. To suggest such a thing in my view is so serious that it means that whoever did this and agreed it should lose their jobs. It's that simple.
I guess I was already thinking about these issues anyway yesterday after reading Jenny Kemp's Guest post on A Burdz Eye View in which she argued that the Slutwalk phenomenon does more harm than good. I agree with her that the chatter around these marches focuses on what women wear and how they behave more than on how we can stop rape and bring those men who commit that terrible crime to justice. I can see where the organisers are coming from but you won't find me slutwalking.
I really don't understand why Michael Sanguinetti, Toronto the police officer whose comments to students that they shouldn't dress like sluts to protect themselves from rape, still has a job. The wee slap on the wrist he's been given really isn't sufficient.
Sara Bedford and Jonathan Calder have both written very well about the King's Park issue. Sara suggests that there may be another, almost as insidious, motivation behind the letter. I'm not sure about that, but it might be worth considering.