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06/11/2011 - 1:30pm
06/11/2011 - 3:30pm

UPDATE ON STARTING LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED! If you have facebook visit this link to RSVP and receive updates.

In January, Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti told a personal security class at York University that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized. Toronto was not silent. Toronto knows that no person is ever asking to be raped, regardless of what their clothing consists of. Toronto Slut Walk was a huge success, over 1,000 people showed up to protest the perpetuating of the idea that sexual assault must come with women embracing their sexuality.

Here is a message from the original slut walk in Toronto:

"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."

This message has been spread far and wide, Slut Walks are being organized all over the US and Canada.

Now it's San Diego's turn.

We need to come together and stand up to these outdated ways of investigating sexual assault. It is never the victim's fault for what happens to them and we need to make the police, the media, the world understand that fact.

Time to stop teaching "Don't get raped" and start teaching "Don't Rape"

Please join us for the first ever SlutWalk SanDiego.