SlutWalk is a radical movement for a less than radical idea. What is SlutWalk to me? I have nothing to get off my chest. I am not looking for my voice. I have found my voice. I am fighting to give justice to past victims with hope that we won’t have to fight for future victims.
I have not been raped. I have been harassed, assaulted, groped and made to feel used. I have been made to feel worthless, and dirty. I have been made to feel like a sexual object, but most importantly, I have been made to feel like a woman. For me, there was harassment before I could even understand it. I didn’t have the knowledge or experiences I have now. I knew that it made me uncomfortable and angry. The seeds of feminism were planted. I did not look at myself sexually and I still like to think that I am more than a walking piece of meat. I have my voice now. People new to me and my concepts of feminism and me a question and I have to ramble a tad. Those who know me see it coming when people ask, “What is SlutWalk?” SlutWalk and Feminism are straight forward. My journey with SlutWalk has been a learning curve and an amazing opportunity to meet new people. It’s easy to overload peoples mind’s because so much of what I have learnt seems straightforward now. I love the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with those around me.
Off the top of my head, I can think of seven close friends who’ve told me that they have been sexually assaulted. None of them ‘deserved it’. ¼ women are sexually assaulted. Nearly all women will get harassed; be it at work or in the street. The numbers are sickening and unnecessary. I worry about teammates, friends, family, and co-workers. I would like to imagine a justice system that acknowledges its people and provides sufficient protection. I hope that as a society we can continue to grow and move forward. I am involved in SlutWalk to try and help change things.
I do not consider myself a radical freedom fighter; but I try to be decent person. As a decent person, I think we need to take a step back. I think that we need to go back to basics without any bias. We need to take care of each other. People are people. Assault is assault. Victims are victims.