02 June 2011

SlutWalk LA

If you're shorts are too short, you deserve to be raped. That is the message we teach females. In January, Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti told a group of students at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University to avoid “dressing like a slut” unless they want to be raped. Sure, let's blame the victim. Regardless if you are dressed inappropriately or not, no one deserves to be raped. Why not place the blame on the rapist for their actions? (Note: All rapists are not male).
SlutWalk is the movement that was sparked after Officer Sanguinetti's little words of advice. Launched by Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett, SlutWalk is a movement whose mission is to spread the word that "those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception." (More about the movement can be found on their website: SlutWalk).

The first SlutWalk was held in Toronto on April 3rd, 2011, with almost 3,000 people in attendance. Holding signs saying "I'm a Slut, Don't Assault Me" and "We've Had Enough," some also dressed in skimpy or revealing outfits to emphasize the point that a person's clothing doesn't make it OK to assault them.

SlutWalk LA is being held on June 4th, 2011 at 12:00pm. SlutWalk will begin at West Hollywood Park. Participants will then march up Robertson to Santa Monica, east to La Cienega, and then double back to West Hollywood Park. To participate, just show up.

SlutWalk LA
West Hollywood Park
647 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Saturday, June 4
12:00 noon


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