Thousands joined the crusade against rape victim blaming at the first ever SlutWalk D.C. on Saturday August 13th. The movement sought to increase dialogue and raise awareness about prevalent attitudes in our society that blame the victim or survivor in sexual assault cases.
The term "SlutWalk" is in reference to the January 24th, rape incident in Toronto where a representative of the Toronto Police gave insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. The goal of the "SlutWalk" is to bring together people of all genders, ages, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and economic statuses to raise awareness about and bring an end to “Rape Culture”, “Slut Shaming”, and “Victim Blaming.”
Supporters (of both genders) met on the National Mall with signs and dressed however they please (“slutty” or not) to stand up against victim blaming.