#slutwalkjhb 201225 August , 2012
This morning was the second annual Johannesburg Slutwalk, and of course I was happy and proud to be part of it!
If you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t know what it’s about, it’s a walk to raise awareness that it is NEVER okay to blame the victim (or survivor as I prefer to think of it) of a rape for the crime. No means No, no matter what you’re wearing. It’s a dress, not a yes as the slutwalkers were chanting.
Sandy (one of the organisers) had me quite emotional with her words before the walk, especially when she spoke about the 5 year old girl who has been raped for the third time!
There were two other brave ladies whose speeches I also enjoyed, but the lady from the NPA left me kind of cold with her ramble.
I didn’t catch her name, but I’d like to tell her: if you come forward after you’ve been raped to report it and the state doesn’t secure a conviction you haven’t failed. The system has failed you! Grrrr…she seemed more focused on the message of “Don’t wash off the evidence.” than “Don’t blame the victim.” which is what the walk was really about.
Anyhoo, on to the photos! 🙂
Angel and Volt.
Jon and Sheena.
Marieks (she managed to collect 38 rape survivor bags!)
Some of my favourite outfits from the day. That last one was a guy wearing photos of a friend who was raped and murdered last year!
I will keep walking for this cause, untill there is no more cause to walk for!
Hope to see you there next year…