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SlutWalk Santa Cruz
Date Sunday May 15
Time 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Details
Sluts & Allies unite!

San Lorenzo park, downtown Santa Cruz CA
Event Type Protest
Original Date and Time: Saturday, May 14 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Original Location: Clock tower, downtown Santa Cruz, CA



On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.

We are a movement demanding that our voices be heard. We are here to call foul on our Police Force and demand change. We want Toronto Police Services to take serious steps to regain our trust. We want to feel that we will be respected and protected should we ever need them, but more importantly be certain that those charged with our safety have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.

We are tired of speeches filled with lip service and the apologies that accompany them. What we want is meaningful dialogue and we are doing something about it: WE ARE COMING TOGETHER. Not only as women, but as people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere.

We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. You needn't claim the word slut for yourself; whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve, we just ask that you come. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us.

Join us in our mission to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.

Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 10th, 2011 3:41 PM
by UPDATE! Saturday May 14th, 2011 9:20 AM
New Date and Time: Sunday, May 15 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm
New Location: San Lorenzo park, downtown Santa Cruz CA

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by repost
Saturday May 14th, 2011 9:29 AM
Due to complications with the city planning committee of Santa Cruz, we are having to move the day of the walk from Saturday. Several events are taking place and they don't want us to walk. Due to the large amounts of people attending, we require a permit.
WE ARE MOVING THE DAY TO SUNDAY, MAY 15TH. That is the day after originally planned.
We know that there is a huge amount of interest, and we deeply apologize for the confusion and the moving of dates.
We will walk starting in San Lorenzo park, downtown Santa Cruz.
We need about 30 volunteers to be street monitors during the walk. You are welcome to participate in the walk, you can hold a sign and be involved with the event. But you will just need to make sure no one runs in front of a car and ask people to stay on the sidewalk. Violators of staying on the sidewalk will be cited.
It would be great to get some volunteers through facebook, but we will be asking people at the start of the walk to volunteer. Please Please volunteer, without these monitors the walk will be unable to occur.
Again, we deeply apologize to those who no longer can go and for the confusion."
by Whitney
Saturday May 14th, 2011 11:36 AM
This is a GREAT idea! I'm so glad someone organized it.

There is a high chance of rain tomorrow, do you have a rain date?
by For Sexual freedom for Adults
Sunday May 15th, 2011 8:32 AM
I have to say adding '' Parents'' and later on ''Children '' makes me (and probably many others ) uneasy .
That certainly could be interpreted as condoning Incest and/or pedophilia .
Maybe you should reconsider your statement .
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