Slut Walk Portland 2014

The Slut Walk start in Toronto, Canada in 2011 as a response to a police officer informing students that if women stopped dressing like sluts, they could avoid rape. The Slut Walk’s goal is to raise awareness to rape culture and end victim-blaming.

Protest through downtown Portland
Protest through downtown Portland

On Sunday, September 14th, 2014 I attended the Portland Slut Walk along with hundreds of other individuals, men, women, and children. The Slut Walk consisted of a rally with activists’ speaches and then a march through downtown Portland. The testimonies brought tears to my eyes. It was truly admirable for these strong women to get up in front of a crowd and share their stories. I was heartbroken by how connected I felt to these women, it is an utter shame the reality we live in. However, through these testimonies my heart was restored with some hope. It is amazing how people who have seen the ugliest of the world can still hope for the beauty of it and make their voices be heard.

The premise of the Slut Walk was to advertise that consent is not made by what an individual is wearing. Victim blaming is a serious issue. Rape is one of the only violent crimes where the courts wonder what the victim was wearing. When somebody is beat to a pulp with steal toe boots, people do not ask, “Well what were they wearing?” They do not ask, “What is their history with steal toed boots?” But as soon as someone is violently perpetrated with a penis against their will, the question becomes , “What is their sexual history?” Even though nothing about rape is sexual. Rape is a violent crime, and no matter what an individual wears they were not “asking for it”.

Your feminist friend forever,
Cait

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