SlutWalk Winnipeg Release #2

SlutWalk Winnipeg:  October 15, 2011, 2:00 PM

SlutWalk Winnipeg organizers would like to invite everyone to join us on Saturday, October 15, to hear the presenters who have generously offered to share their time, knowledge and talent in support of our challenge to end victim-blaming and the condoning of sexual violence.  After the walk from the Burton Cummings Theatre to the Legislative Buildings, our speakers will present on the subjects of sexual violence, victim-blaming, safety, healing, hope, and the transition from victim to survivor. Speakers will include: Gaz Black, Instructor and Padded Assailant from Thebestdefenseprogram.com, Sam Harris an Addictions and Community Service Worker student and more.

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the pervasiveness of a certain view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized[1]”. In response to this comment a global phenomenon was born with the first SlutWalk occurring on Sunday, April 3, 2011 in Toronto.

This now-global movement has generated innumerable responses from journalists and academics as they examine the many facets this protest has introduced. Each city has its own agenda, some wishing to reclaim the word “slut,” others to address the issue of “slut-shaming” and still others to fight against sexual stereotypes, amongst many other similar issues. All walks have one thing in common: we are fighting to combat the still prevalent practice of victim-blaming in today’s society.

SlutWalk Winnipeg is working to educate and empower everyone. This is not simply an issue of violence against women; we are all casualties when victim-blaming occurs. No one asks to be raped – regardless of profession, attire or behavior – rape happens when a rapist is present. Together we will peacefully demonstrate our denunciation of the victim-blaming and rape culture in which we currently live and endeavour to evolve into a culture of support and awareness.

The Winnipeg event will occur on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 beginning at the Burton Cummings Theatre (364 Smith Street) at 2:00 pm. The group will march together to the Legislative Building (450 Broadway) at which point we will feature our line-up of speakers and performers.

SlutWalk Winnipeg organizers encourage everyone to “like” the Facebook page, join the ongoing discussions, spread the word, and ultimately participate in the walk itself. More information on event activities, speakers and further scheduling details will be updated on the Facebook page as they are confirmed. For any questions, or if you would like to volunteer, contact: slutwalkwpg@hotmail.com.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkWinnipeg
SlutWalk Website: https://slutwalkwinnipeg.wordpress.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SlutWalkWpg

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[1] From the SlutWalk Toronto site: http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/about/why