August 28, 2013 | by Steve Charing
A walk to end shame
Slutwalk, gay news, Washington Blade, Walk of No Shame

Slutwalk Baltimore will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the Power Plant and end at Baltimore City Hall. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

Slutwalk Baltimore and Baltimore United Against Sexual Violence have partnered with organizations in Munich (Bavaria, Germany), Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), Belleville (Ontario, Canada), Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada), Tucson, and Chicago for this day to take a stand against slut shaming, victim blaming, rape culture and the general vilification of sexuality on Sept. 7.  The walk (rain or shine) will begin at 10 a.m. at the Power Plant and end at Baltimore City Hall.

In January 2011, an officer in the Toronto police department allegedly said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”  That story started the movement.

“SlutWalk has become a worldwide movement, working to end victim-blaming and slut-shaming and to raise awareness about sexual assault and change cultural attitudes (rape culture) so we can end sexual assault,” Rachel Perry-Crook, the director of SlutWalk Baltimore told the Blade. “As the survivor of sexual assault and a victim of slut-shaming, I know the detrimental effects it can have on a person. I took over SlutWalk Baltimore in 2012 because I need to help create a world where no one else is made to feel as I did.”

Added Lucas McCahill, lead organizer of the American Humanist Association’s LGBTQ Humanist Council of Baltimore, “SlutWalk also stands up for those in the LGBTQ community who have been the victims of what is called, ‘corrective rape’ whereby a person sexually assaults a member of the LGBTQ community to, ‘fix’ them.”

The organizers are still accepting speakers for the event.  For more information, email baltimore.slutwalk@gmail.com.

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