Standing Against Victim Blaming & Shaming

Last weekend I noticed some tweets come through on my Twitter feed about something called Slutwalk, at the time, I was pretty appalled at the name alone but never thought much further about what the event was actually about.

Then 2 days ago I was catching up on some blog reading and came across a posting by Reluctant Mom about the Slutwalk which happened in Cape Town this past weekend.  I started researching the movement and was really impressed by what they stood for and the change that the international movement were trying to bring about. Doing away with victim blaming & shaming. The movement was sparked by comments made by a police officer in Toronto during a crime prevention & safety forum, where he told a group of female students that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.”  I’m guessing he had no idea what a massive international movement his statement would create. Their are Slutwalks happening all over the world.

I was quite excited to discover that there is a Slutwalk group for Johannesburg too and the best part… the Slutwalk Johannesburg is scheduled for Saturday, 24th September.

I’m dead keen to participate and to add my voice to this movement. As a woman and as a mother raising a daughter, especially in a country where the statistics for rape are staggeringly high, it is something I feel very strongly about.

So,

LET’S UNITE AGAINST VICTIM BLAMING AND SHAMING AND AGAINST ACCEPTABILITY OF ANY FORM OF RAPE
We want you. Yes, YOU! The one in the afro, and you in the 3inch heels and you in the wheelchair, and you, with your entire extended family… you, reading this, male, female, transgendered, HUMAN, if you believe that no-one deserves to be raped, regardless of what they might be wearing, or doing, or their sexual orientation, or their gender, come as you are, come as you want to be, come as you were. We want you to walk with us. We want to walk with YOU!
We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk Johannesburg to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. 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. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us. This has become a global movement, with Satellites happening all over the world. Help make our voices heard in Jozi.
BLAME THE PERPETRATOR, NOT THE VICTIM!

In the name of sisterhood, is there anyone out there who is keen to join me? This is something I’d LOVE to participate in but I’m far to shy to go alone!

Any takers? BB’s?


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