This past Saturday, sluts and slut lovers all over the Chicagoland area joined forces in a walk to take a stand against rape culture and spread an important but powerful message about sexual assault. Just because a woman [or man!] is dressed provocatively...or has been drinking...or is being totally skanking it up on the dance floor...it does not mean that she/he wants to sleep with you.
Let me repeat myself...
Just because someone is acting like a slut, does not mean they want to do you. Nor does it mean you get to have your way with them. Got it?
Okay. Now that that's clear...let's continue...
The first-ever Chicago event was inspired by Slut Walk Toronto after a
member of the Toronto Police Service went on record saying "Women should
avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."
Yes, really. You read that right.
Instead of preaching a simple "Don't Rape" message...the thought process became "Don't Get Raped." Passing blame to the victim. Not the individual committing the crime. All because someone thought they were dressed like they were asking for it.
So on Saturday, in a peaceful march throughout the loop, thousands of women, men and children of all ages, races and sexualities, came together to take a stand against sexual assault.
Their message was simple and clear...and worth your time to take a look...