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SlutWalk UConn: March to End Victim Blaming

The 2nd annual "Slutwalk UCONN: A March to End Victim Blaming" will be held on October 5, 4-6pm outside the Student Union on Fairfield Way.

The 2nd annual "Slutwalk UCONN: A March to End Victim Blaming" will be held on October 5, 4-6 p.m. outside the Student Union on Fairfield Way. SlutWalk is sponsored by the UCONN student organization Revolution Against Rape, whose motto is "Because we've had enough."

SlutWalk is a global movement which started in Toronto, Canada in April 2011 after a York University police officer told a group of students that,“women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” A group of York University students was so incensed by this statement that they decided to hold an event in protest, and the SlutWalk movement was born.

Unfortunately, sexual assault and the tendency to blame victims is a worldwide issue. It is estimated that one in four college women will be the victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their time on a college campus (RAINN.org). With that staggering statistic it is clear that this may affect our significant others, sister, brothers, parents, cousins, friends, and loved ones.

Because UCONN and our community at large is affected by sexual assault and victim blaming, we believe that it is our duty to help turn the tide in favor of survivors, one person, one attitude, at a time. On October 5th, 2012 we will unite our community to stand together against sexual violence and march to say that we've had enough.

Please join us on Facebook...http://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkUConn

UCONN's student television network coverage ...http://uctv.uconn.edu/shows/news/uctvnews/2011/slutwalk-uconn-3/

And consider donating! http://www.gofundme.com/SWUCONN

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Margaret Callahan September 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Love SlutWalks! Makes a more specific point than 'take back the night.' No one 'asks' to be raped. Especially with talk of 'legitimate' rape going around. Good for you UConn "Revolution Against Rape."
Kylie Angell September 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Thanks Margaret, appreciate the feedback! I agree that there has been WAY Too much talk of qualifying different degrees of rape or sexual assault. Even in my maternity nursing textbook it classifies rape as power rape, sadistic rape, date rape, acquaintance rape, stranger rape, gang rape....Rape is rape is rape!
D Paul September 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Is your group making any efforts to influence legislative initiatives to punish those who fabricate allegations of sexual assault such as the recent incident on the UConn campus? Those who make false allegations (on the increase) weaken the cause.
Observor September 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM
There is also statutory rape. And while the guy from Missouri stuck his foot way down his throat that was the distinction he was trying to make when he chose the wrong word to make it. What he was talking about was forcible rape vs. statutory rape in the context of government funding of abortions. Such funding was permitted in cases of "rape" and it had been discovered that in many cases the "rape" was statutory rape which involves consensual sex with a person below the age of consent. Not sure I agree with his point as statutory rape laws in effect say that a person below a certain age cannot consent, but nobody thinks there is any such thing as "legitimate rape."

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