SlutwalkOn January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police stated, ‘Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.’ This statement caused outrage around the world.

The word ‘slut’ is being re-appropriated. Join the movement.

So began SlutWalk, an organization committed to empowering those who may be victims of sexual assault – or victims of the negative connotations often associated with the s-word. The SlutWalk website explains, ‘With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the police, for fear that they could be blamed.

Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex, but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

‘Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. ‘Slut’ is being re-appropriated.’

Walk, roll, or stroll in Sydney on Monday 13 June at 2 pm with the SlutWalk crew. Meet at the “I have a dream” mural, King St, Newtown. For the event click here.

For more events around Australia click here.