SLUTWALK LONDON 2012 || Saturday, 22 September 2012
Meet @ Top of Piccadilly next to Hyde Park Corner 12:30pm
THE RADICAL NOTION THAT NOBODY DESERVES TO BE RAPED.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/405993389462416/?ref=ts
Last year a Toronto policeman told a group of law students that in order to avoid being raped ‘women should avoid dressing like sluts’.
Sadly there are many people who share this attitude. Women are constantly made to feel like they are to blame: told they should not look a certain way, should not go out at night, should not get drunk, should not wear high heels or make up or should not be alone with someone they don’t know. Not only does this divert attention away from the real cause of the crime – the rapist – but it creates a culture where rape is OK, where it’s allowed to happen… after all, she must have been asking for it, right?
NO. Let’s raise our voices and tell the world that rape is never, ever OK.
Not if she was wearing a miniskirt or a veil. Not if she was naked. Not if she was drunk. Not if she was your wife, girlfriend, daughter or friend. Not if she was under 16 or a pensioner. Not if she was a woman of colour, an immigrant or claiming asylum. Not if she was a sex worker or in trouble with the law. Not if she was queer or trans. Not if she had mental or physical disabilities. Not if the victim was male.
We are tired of who we are, our sexuality and our choices being used as an excuse for rape. We want the freedom to love and live as we choose.
The only way to stop rape is to put the blame where it belongs – on the rapist, whether they were a stranger, partner, client, relative, colleague, friend, or someone in authority. This is the duty of the police and courts, but instead of protecting us they are denying survivors of rape justice and allowing rapists to continue. Women searching for justice and safety from their attackers are faced with biased police, Crown Prosecution Service and judges who question what women did to deserve or provoke rape, our sexual or medical history, our occupation, our right to be in the UK… no wonder only 7 out of every 100 reported rapes end in a conviction.
So let’s turn up and take a stand. Everyone is welcome – all genders (men included!), races, religions, ages and sexualities. Bring friends, family and banners, and come along feeling beautiful, ready to show the world that we are proud of our sexuality and that there is never any excuse for rape.
MEET 12.30 at Top of Piccadilly. SET OFF at 1.30pm.
Saturday 22nd September 2012
Route Map and other essential info can be found here: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/post/29961920068/you-are-all-invited-to-slutwalk-london-2012
~~~~How you can help~~~~
Why are you marching? We need as many people as possible to speak out against the excuses that are made for rape. Tell us why you are marching with us on the 22nd and we will publish it on our website. Email us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org
We still need some money to cover the costs of the PA system, banner material, jackets for stewards etc. We would be very grateful for any donations. You can donate here – http://bit.ly/slutwalk2012donate
We are looking for stewards to assist on the day of the march. If you would like to help out please get in touch with us at email@example.com
SLUTWALK FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/slutwalklondonuk
SLUTWALK WEBSITE: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/