Winnipeg’s Second Annual SlutWalk: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Last year’s protest march inspired by comments made by Toronto Police officer Michael Sanguinetti has gone global. Since the first SlutWalk on April 3, 2011 the message has spread to include walks all around the world and the numbers continue to grow. Winnipeg will host its second SlutWalk on September 15, 2012 in continued support of the movement against victim-blaming, and to highlight the fact rape is rape, and it is the culture that needs to change, not the behaviour of the victim.
The organizers of the Winnipeg SlutWalk are focused on demonstrating the diversity of experiences and communities this movement galvanizes – emphasizing the fact there is no such thing as an “inauthentic” rape victim, all victims are real, and all are deserving of the protection of law-enforcement and the court system regardless of any choices made or lifestyles practices. The Winnipeg SlutWalk organizers are a diverse group including a wide range of ages, education and experiences – each with their own individual goals and agendas for the event. The Winnipeg organizers have added a slogan to the local walk, acknowledging the fact the name of the event is troubling for some groups and individuals: “SlutWalk: I am not the label you place on me.”
The walk will begin at 12:00PM on Saturday, September 15 at the Law Courts at 408 York Avenue and will end at the Legislative Buildings at 450 Broadway (1.5 kms) followed by speakers on the subject of sexual violence including representatives from Winnipeg group CherryStems, Winnipeg SlutWalk organizers Sam Harris and Sherrie-Lee Chiarot, with additional speakers to be confirmed closer to the date.
SlutWalk Winnipeg Background:
Let us not forget Winnipeg’s own Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Dewar’s comments in a rape case he presided over, a mere month after the comments by Constable Sanguinetti. “Sex was in the air,” he said, noting the victim was wearing a tube top and no bra, high heels and plenty of makeup. The judge’s victim-blaming comments sparked a protest rally outside the Manitoba Law Courts building, with a group of about 100 people gathering to demand Dewar’s resignation.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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