"Slut Walk" speaks out against sexual violence

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Updated: 11/02/2013 10:37 pm
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    In 2011, a Toronto police officer commented on a sexual assault incident saying, "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." It did not sit well with several people, who are now speaking out against sexual violence. Lubbock residents included.

These folks are walking. Walking to make a difference. To change people's attitudes.

Brianna Bennett is one of the co-organizers of the event. She said, "Sexual assault is not okay. No means no. Consent is what is important."

The Slut Walk is a response to a Toronto police officer's comment.

"Slut walk originated as a result of women being told that they can prevent assault against them by how they dress. Specifically being told not to dress like a slut. Hence the name Slut Walk," Bennett said.

So with the support of the Lubbock Police Department, they took a stand.

"As a human being, I don't think that it's right to be blamed for when someone else is attacking you," Bennett said. "We don't do that when people get mugged, when people get their houses broken into, when stuff gets stolen from your car. You're not like, well you left it unlocked, it's your fault."

The Slut Walk started at 19th and Crickets, in front of the Buddy Holly Center. And ended at 19th and Avenue Q, in front of Belly's Cafe.

Kristen Perez knows first hand, rape is never the victim's fault.

"I was just really young," Perez said. "I just didn't have any idea what was going on until afterwards. Until I was older. I just kind of realized it wasn't really normal."

Perez says whether it is your age, or how you dress, you should never blame yourself. A lesson she learned the hard way.

"Definitely should not matter how a woman dresses. At all," Perez said. "We need to quit teaching our young girls to blame themselves. And we need to start teaching everybody. Even kids. Boys. That it's not acceptable. It's not okay."

"When you're told not to dress like a slut, not to dress in a certain way... That's not the point. Because if you are standing there naked, if you're saying no, it is still no," Bennett said.

A protest with a slightly less than subtle name.

"A lot of people, I think, are really put off by the name," Bennett said. "But, the purpose of the name is to get people to think about it. A lot of times women, especially women who get victimized, are called sluts. And if they said no, how does that make them a slut?"

A very strong word used to promote a very strong message.

Proceeds from t-shirt sales and a silent auction that happened after the walk will benefit The Hope and Healing Fund, which provides survivors of sexual assault counseling sessions.For information on how to donate click here.
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Pumpkinpie1981 - 11/3/2013 11:39 AM
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Jjordan - I want to point out that another way of looking at your comment is to say, rape is an acceptable consequence if you're dressed provocatively. So rape is okay with you jJordan? I hope if you have daughters, sisters, or a mother you're close to (or if youre a woman) you rethink using rape as a way of teaching a lesson :(

jeffross - 11/3/2013 11:17 AM
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jeffross, I'm not sure that the comparisons given by Jjordan are valid, and blaming the victims of sexual assault shifts the blame from rapists, who should bear all of the blame for the rapes they commit. We all know people who have been raped, but a lot of us probably don't know that we know people who have been raped, because they tend to not want to let people know what happened because they will be blamed for the crime committed against them. Besides, research does not support the statement or belief that what women are wearing when they are raped has anything to do with increasing or decreasing their risks of being raped. Finally, are children and the elderly also responsible for their rapes because of the way they are dressed?

Jjordan - 11/3/2013 6:44 AM
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Seems simple. If you don't want to get burned, don't play with fire. If you don't want to get robbed, don't walk around waving money in the air. If you don't want to be hit by a bus, don't walk down the middle of a busy street. If you don't want to be attacked, don't dress yourself in clothes that attract the wrong kind of attention.
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