Mar 8, 2013 / 9:35 pm
A group of about a dozen people, some dressed in provocative clothing, gathered downtown Friday afternoon for Kelowna’s first annual Slut Walk.
The walk is a response to a remark made in 2011 by Toronto Constable Michael Sanguinetti that suggested to remain safe, "women should avoid dressing like sluts.”
Organized by UBC-O student Karyn Giesbrecht, Kelowna Slut Walk is a protest where women wear seductive clothes and carry signs such as “Gentlemen do it with consent”, and “My little black dress does not mean yes!”.
“This is important because it's bringing to light something that people say behind closed doors,” said Karyn.
“Even women look at other women and say ‘she’s asking for it', but people need to understand that rapists cause rape, not clothing.”
The Slut Walk fell on International Women’s Day and made its way along Harvey and concluded at the Elizabeth Fry Society.
Janis Thompson came out to support the cause but chose a warm coat over a skimpy outfit.
“I’ve been waiting for Slut Walk to come to Kelowna for a very long time,” she said.
“This is a human issue, not a woman’s issue.”
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