FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE: Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2011
TITLE: SLUTWALK PHILADELPHIA! A Call to End the Blaming and Shaming of Victims of Sexual Violence Locally and Globally
On August 6th, 2011, the people of Philadelphia will take to the streets for SlutWalk Philadelphia to protest the blaming of women for their own sexual assault. Sparked in Toronto, Canada when a police constable announced at a York University safety forum that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized,” The community responded with a “SlutWalk” on April 3rd, 2011 “to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.” Slutwalk demonstrations have since been organized in 81 cities worldwide.
The recent series of editorials by Philadelphia editor Dan Rottenberg suggesting that reporter Laura Logan, a CBS news correspondent who was brutally gang raped during the Egyptian revolution, was partly responsible for the incident is evidence that blaming victims rather than perpetrators is both prevalent and local. We are a diverse movement that includes people with and without disabilities, people of all races and religions, and people of all gender identifications who march together in solidarity with victims of sexual violence, and we do so in whatever type of clothing we choose. We challenge the stigma behind “slut-shaming,” reject victim-blaming, and take a stand for ending sexual violence in society.
SlutWalk Philadelphia will start at Kahn Park at 11th and Pine at 11 a.m. and end at Dilworth Plaza where speakers will include Aishah Shahidah Simmons ( http://NOtheRapeDocumentary.org/ ), an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and a writer; Stephanie Gilmore ( http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/faculty/ ), an activist, author, and assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Dickinson College; and others. A speak out will allow participants to share personal stories and testimonies.
For more information, please visit the website SlutwalkPhiladelphia.com or contact the Slutwalk Philadelphia organizers: (original email address removed to prevent spam). Executive Organizer Hannah Altman, Organizer and Legal Counsel Jake Marcus ( http://www.JakeMarcus.com ) and several of the speakers are available for interviews.