#SlutWalk: LA rallies against slut shaming

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Story by Mohammad Djauhari Photos by Taylor Arthur

Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police Constable, said “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” after a rape at the city’s campus of York University. That statement started a worldwide movement known as the SlutWalk.

Founded by Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis in 2011, the movement was started to combat the harassment and practice of victim blaming after cases of sexual violence, and from its initial event that drew more than 3,000 supporters, the SlutWalk has grown to have satellite events in major cities across the world including Chicago, Melbourne and England.

The Los Angeles SlutWalk, also known as the Amber Rose SlutWalk, is organized by celebrity and feminist Amber Rose, has taken place since 2014 in Downtown Los Angeles and consists of a march through the area, ending at Pershing Square, where a rally and festival takes place. This year’s event attracted more than 15,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.

Though the [Amber Rose] SlutWalk aims to advocate for women’s right and the end to “slut shaming” and rape culture, the event also offers life music performances, educational booths, free breast cancer exams and HIV testing, as well as various guest speakers.