SlutWalk NYC

Photo: Protesters gather on the streets of New York during the SlutWalk (Alexander Chamas)

Who knew that just a chauvinist suggestion from a police officer would start a global movement? A Toronto police officer, Michael Sanguinetti, suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized,” and with that the SlutWalk was born.

The walk started April 3, 2011 in Toronto, Canada and quickly swept across the globe. People gathered on the streets to protest against explaining or excusing rape by blaming  a woman’s appearance. Some dress in ordinary clothes and others dress the part of a “slut.”

Over the weekend, an estimated 4,000 New Yorkers rallied on the streets to protest in New York’s first ever SlutWalk. And let’s just say there were a lot of “sluts” baring their midriffs and  fishnet tights with the message that sexual and domestic violence is unacceptable now and forever.

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