It’s a dress, not a Yes!
Slutwalk expresses the notion that no victim of sexual assault is the cause of that assault. No one ever asked to be raped.
Slutwalks originated in Canada in January 2011 when a representative of the Toronto police told a group of students, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. A furore ensued, followed quickly by a protest march, the message of which reverberated so that there have now been Slutwalks in over 100 cities around the world. This August 25th 2012, Slutwalk is coming to the streets of Johannesburg for the second time.
We, the organisers of Slutwalk Johannesburg see Slutwalk as an international Movement which can help us raise awareness around a number of sexual assault issues; victim-blaming, corrective rape, gender violence and questioning the acceptance of a “rape culture” which has become the norm in our country. This is in line with the focus of the original Toronto Slutwalk.
In our country it is obvious that sexual violence is a very pressing issue and in spite of Slutwalk this year being during Woman’s Month, it is not only a woman’s issue, it is an issue that all of society needs to address.
The participants at Slutwalk are ordinary people, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – people who believe in the vision of an equal society. Some dress provocatively to emphasize the absurdity of much of society’s view on the issue, others dress in normal work or casual clothes in solidarity.
To quote Heather Jarvis, founder of Slutwalk: “From the very beginning in 2011 people were always encouraged to challenge slut-shaming language like “slut”, “whore”, “ho”, “skank”, “tramp”, etc. and never told they had to identify (with) one or another in order to participate. We’ve always maintained people should be safe to be who they are, how they are.”
If you’re human and believe that nobody, despite their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or sexual history deserves to be raped, then come support Slutwalk and spread the message.
CONSENT IS NOT NEGOTIABLE
JOIN SLUTWALK JHB AND LET’S UNITE AGAINST VICTIM BLAMING AND SHAMING AND AGAINST ACCEPTABILITY OF ANY FORM OF RAPE
BLAME THE PERPETRATOR, NOT THE VICTIM!
DETAILS OF THE DAY:
Slutwalk JHB is being organised by founder Sandi Schultz, Gina Jacobson, Nadia Assimacopoulos and Walter Pike
TIME & LOCATION:
The march is happening 25 th AUGUST 2012 starting and ending at Zoo Lake Sport’s Club, Cnr Westwold Way and Lower Park Drive, Parkwood. People are asked to arrive at 10h30, speeches start at 11h00 and the march will start at 11h30.
Parking has been organized on the cricket field on Westwold Way and will be R10 per vehicle. The organizers kindly ask that participants carpool where possible and that no one park on the streets, in keeping with the resident’s association’s request.
For more info on Slutwalk Johannesburg, we have the following in place:
- FB Event page –https://www.facebook.com/events/245692495535138/permalink/258911697546551
- FB cause page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slutwalk-Johannesburg/147836015284588
- Twitter – @slutwalkjhb
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website – http://www.slutwalkjhb.co.za
- FAQ – http://slutwalkjhb.co.za/?page_id=114
- Linked to Slutwalk JHB is http://isaidno.co.za, a site with resource links and a place where survivors can break the silence, anonymously or otherwise.
- Postal address P.O. BOX 44170 LINDEN 2104
We would like to express our gratitude to the following:
- Afrihost – for sponsoring our website
- Etana – for covering our Liability Insurance for the event
- Lola Montez – for assistance with T-shirt costs
- Foot Fashion SA – for donations
Please make any donations to:
FNB Savings Account
Acc : 62325235902
Branch Norwood Mall