Annual Lincoln "Slutwalk"

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

SlutWalk Lincoln is holding their second annual SlutWalk. Last year the event drew over 200 participants.

They hope to exceed those numbers this year. The purpose of SlutWalk Lincoln is to raise awareness about sexual assault, victim blaming, change our current rape culture, and also to advocate for language change surrounding the word “slut”.

SlutWalk Lincoln was inspired by a group in Toronto that was organized as a result of comments publicly made by a Toronto police officer.

The officer indicated that one could protect oneself from sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut”.

This notion is also prevalent in American culture. SlutWalk hopes to combat this assumption. First, sexual assault is not the fault of the victim.

Secondly, the assumption that sexual assault is the victim’s fault makes things even worse by making survivors afraid to report the assault.

Finally, the word “slut” is used to shame those who enjoy sex (as well as people who are sex–workers) and to promote the mistaken view that their consent is either automatically implied or unnecessary.

Participants are not required to dress in any particular way, but can wear whatever they feel comfortable walking in.

The event begins at 1:00 p.m. with speakers. Participants walk along a predetermined route, and we close back at the Capitol Building with open mike time.

People of all genders are welcome.

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