Prosecutors had asked for a three-year sentence, but Dewar gave Rhodes a conditional or suspended sentence, and ordered him to write a letter of apology to his victim.Politicians of all stripes joined student and feminist groups and those who work with sexual assault victims in decrying the comments.The day began with speeches before moving to the Toronto Police Headquarters.The invitation in Slutwalk Toronto website also warned: "Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don't have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve: we just ask that you come.Dewar described Rhodes as a "clumsy Don Juan" who had the mistaken belief "sex was in the air" and a "heightened expectation" sex would occur.
Although this was not a part of Slutwalk, the launch of Slutwalk Toronto on April 3 gave the case national diffusion within Canada. According to the judicial council, Dewar said he wished to "express my unequivocal apology to the (victim) for the hurt she must have experienced from my comments.
She said surveys repeatedly show one of the primary reasons women do not report being raped is because of a fear of being victimized again by the justice system.
On February 25, nearly 100 people gathered to call for Justice Robert Dewar’s resignation.
Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work.
No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.