Slutwalk delivers anti-rape message

Rape Crisis worker Loren Ferrel talks to Slutwalk participants on Saturday. Photo by Linda...
Rape Crisis worker Loren Ferrel talks to Slutwalk participants on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Abolishing victim blaming was the core message of the second Dunedin Slutwalk.

No matter what you wore, drank, or where you walked, no victim should be blamed for rape or sexual abuse - "it is always the perpetrators' fault", Slutwalk organiser Loren Ferrel said.

That was the message delivered to the more than 150 people who attended the second annual Slutwalk as they gathered in the Octagon following the conclusion of their march up George St.

Ms Ferrel, a community education worker with Rape Crisis, told the Otago Daily Times that the Slutwalk movement started in Canada in 2011, after a police constable said to avoid rape "women should avoid dressing like sluts".

That comment sparked the global Slutwalk movement, with male and female protesters alike often wearing provocative clothing to highlight their cause.

"Sexual abuse is a societal problem. One in three girls before the age of 18, and one in six boys before the age of 18 will have experienced some form of sexual abuse."

She said the marchers felt empowered by taking part in the walk, and it was likely to be held again next year.

-hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

 

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