In order to make people aware of society’s habit of blaming the victim for sexual assault, we are holding this event to reclaim the term “slut.” We want to bring awareness that that rape is about violence, not sex.
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
Our mission (currently being borrowed from SlutWalk Chicago, for purposes of convenience):
– Cleveland SlutWalk is not about hate, and we do not use hateful language.
– We will refer to sexual assault, not solely rape.
– We do not frame sexual assault as something solely done by men to women.
Women are most often the targets and men are most often the perpetrators, but all genders are affected. SlutWalk recognizes all gender expressions as those that have been and can be negatively impacted.
– Some communities/people are at a higher risk of sexual assault than others based on their class status, work, ability, access and resources, race, identity, trans status and a variety of other factors. We aim to recognize this and come together, in all our diversity, as people who are all affected.
– We use inclusive and respectful language when discussing the diversity of people affected: men/women and all gender expressions, racialized communities, people of different abilities, etc.
– SlutWalk is an impassioned and peaceful stance that aims to engage others in dialogue.
Come get involved and make a difference!