Slut Walk UK


The Slut Walk, which has taken place all around the world, is an event where women are coming together to empower other women and take a stand against rape. Slut Walk is a gathering of women, who dress in whatever they want, walking through the streets announcing to the world that it is not the woman's fault she has been raped and the blame should not go to her wearing a short skirt, being drunk, or even just saying "no" to her boyfriend or husband.

The first Slut Walk was held in Toronto earlier this year, in response to police constable Michael Sanguinetti telling York University law students during a safety seminar: 'Women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like sluts.' He did later apologise, but the damage had already been done and the walk, which is to become an annual event, was held to tell people that anyone in the world can be a victim of rape, no matter how you act or what you wear.

“Society teaches ‘Don’t get raped’ rather than ‘don’t rape’” is the slogan on the Facebook event page. Slut Walk is concerned with the amount of sexual assaults that never come to justice. In England rape conviction is only 6.5% which is the lowest rate in Europe. In February, Conservative MSP Bill Aitkin was quoted in The Herald, responding to a recent rape of a Glaswegian woman, saying: “The police say there’s a lot of drunken carry-ons that result in rape allegations which are subsequently dropped, put it that way. I think there might be fear, if they are worried that somebody talks … and the word gets back to the boyfriend.” Mr Aitkin also suggested that the victim may have been “a hooker” – implying that this somehow made her more to blame for the rape.

Slut Walk is being held at 1pm on 11th June at Trafalgar Square, London. Check out the website and twitter for more recent updates.

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