Dozens bared all on Saturday in support for three sisters who say a police unlawfully told them to cover up.
Event organizer and Juno-nominated musician Alysha Brilla says she and her sisters were biking topless in Kitchener on July 24th. She says an officer told them to cover up, accusing them of breaking the law. Brilla says she told the officer he was wrong and began filming the incident on her cellphone. The officer allegedly changed his tune after being recorded, saying he had only wanted to check if the women had proper bells and lights on their bicycles.
— Stephen K. Roberts (@StephenSongtime) July 30, 2015
A large group gathered in Waterloo for the “Bare With Us: Top Freedom Rally,” calling on the desexualization of women’s breasts while educating the public on a woman’s right to be topless without facing harassment.
— Kara Weiler (@karaeweiler) August 1, 2015
Women in Ontario have had the right to go topless in public since 1996 after Guelph’s Gwen Jacob was charged with indecency for being shirtless. She took the charge to court and won.
Jacob was among those who spoke, citing a recent case where an 8-year-old girl was kicked out of a pool for not wearing a top. “That girl was doing what came naturally to her, and now, society is trying to school that out of her — and that is the essence of rape culture,” says Jacob. “That is telling little children, it’s their job to make sure they don’t get attacked by pedophiles.”
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