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Why We Need SlutWalk (NYC Protest Is SATURDAY): NYPD Suggests That Wearing Skirts Leads to Rape

 
 
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The NYPD has a message for the women of Brooklyn: don't wear skirts or shorts, or else you could get raped.

Note to women in the South Park Slope and surrounding Brooklyn: You might want to think twice before wearing shorts or skirts when you walk home alone at night.

That's the message some women say police officers are spreading as they step up patrols in the area in response to at least 10 unsolved sexual attacks that have taken place since March.

In a neighborhood with a reputation for liberal and feminist tendencies, the message is, as to be expected, not going over so well....

"He pointed at my outfit and said, 'Don't you think your shorts are a little short?'" [Park Slope resident Lauren] recalled. "He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin."

He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had "easy access," said Lauren.

This is exactly the message SlutWalk protests are trying to combat. SlutWalk's mission statement:

No matter who you are
No matter where you work
No matter how you identify
No matter how you flirt
No matter what you wear
No matter whom you choose to love
No matter what you said before:

NO ONE has the right to touch you without your consent. SlutWalk NYC is part of a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and working to end sexual and domestic violence.

There's lots of excellent information on (and some thoughtful criticisms of) SlutWalk on the internet, but I'd recommend starting here, and here, and here.

And if you live in the New York City area, then this information is for you:

COME JOIN US FOR SLUTWALK NYC ON OCTOBER 1, 2011! SEE YOU AT UNION SQUARE AT NOON FOR THE MARCH!

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

11:00 AM: SIGN MAKING AT UNION SQUARE (BRING YOUR OWN MATERIALS)
12:00 PM: MARCH STARTING AT UNION SQUARE
1:00 PM: PERFORMANCES AT UNION SQUARE
2:00 PM: RALLY AT UNION SQUARE!

MARCH ROUTE: UNION SQUARE TO BROADWAY, BROADWAY TO 8TH STREET, 8TH STREET TO TO 2ND AVENUE, 2ND AVENUE TO THIRD STREET, THIRD STREET TO LAFAYETTE AVENUE, LAFAYETTE AVENUE BACK TO UNION SQUARE

Some of us from AlterNet will be there tomorrow. Will you?

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 30, 2011, 7:31am

 
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