Krista Ford, the niece of Mayor Rob Ford and daughter of Councillor Doug Ford, was in hot water Thursday after she tweeted “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore. #DontBeAVictim #StreetSmart” late Wednesday (story here).
Just before 1 p.m. Thursday, Ford took to Twitter to apologize for causing such alarm (see tweet above). She also sent a statement to the Sun with a further explanation.
Here is Ford’s full statement:
I’ve learned a ton over my short 21 years of life, but at the end of the day I am the first one to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle for women.
I started boxing competitively when I was 14 for the love of the sport, and soon after started kickboxing as I believe every women should be able to defend herself.
Being aware of your surroundings and avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations such as walking alone at night may decrease your likelihood of being a victim.
I didn’t mean to cause such an alarm and I apologize if I did. I just want women to be safe.
What I meant to say was that women should take measures to protect themselves and be very careful not to place themselves or allow themselves to be placed in vulnerable positions that may (compromise) their safety.
It’s important that the public knows that my comments do not reflect my family’s beliefs.
Note: Ford’s statement originally stated “compensate their safety” rather than “compromise their safety”. She has since confirmed she meant to say compromise so we’ve made the correction in the above statement.