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SPECIAL EVENT | Slut Walk Rochester 2016

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Slut Walk is an annual, grassroots, international event meant to raise awareness about (and counter) persistent victim blaming regarding sexual harassment, assault, and violence. It originated in Toronto, Canada, in 2011, in response to a statement made by a Toronto police officer that women should avoid dressing like sluts to avoid being victimized. Countless people can confirm that neither modest dress nor demure demeanor are sacred shields against harassment or violence, yet common statements like these uphold the misconception that a person has control over being victimized, and foster the dangerous assumption that rape or harassment is provoked.

Rochester's 2016 Slut Walk will take place on Friday, April 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All who wish to participate are welcome, and should meet at the Liberty Pole (at Main, East, and Franklin Streets) at 5 p.m. For more information, email slutwalkrochester@gmail.com.

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