Slutwalkers take to Cardiff Streets

More than 200 people took to the streets of Cardiff today to protest against a culture of rape and victim blaming.

This was the first Slutwalk, a trend which started in Canada and the US in April, to take part in the UK.

Chants of “two, four six, eight, love sex, hate rape” and “Yes means yes and No means no” rang out as the march progressed from the city hall to St John’s church, where Cathy Owens of Amnesty International, Helen-Mary Jones of  Plaid Cymru and Dr Emma Renold of Cardiff University made speeches.

Helen Mary Jones said:

“I thought we had done all this in the seventies and eighties, I thought we had got the message across.  It breaks my heart as an old feminist to see a third of young Welsh people, including women think it is ok for a woman to be hurt or abused because of what she is wearing.

“No must mean no and we must get that message across.  This is an issue for us all.”

A survey of Welsh students by NUS Wales and Amnesty International in 2008 revealed more than one third [36 per cent] of people questioned believed a woman is responsible for being raped or sexually assaulted if she had acted in a flirtatious manner, while a quarter [23 per cent] thought a woman is responsible if she is wearing sexy or revealing clothing.

In another survey by the Havens Sexual Assault Referral Centre, 23 per cent of men questioned thought even a women said “no” right from the start, sex from that point was not rape.

Here are some of the social media responses to today’s walk.

[View the story “Cardiff Slutwalk: 4th June 2011” on Storify]


About Rachel Conner

Rachel Conner is currently a postgraduate newspaper journalism student at Cardiff University. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Durham with an LLB. View all posts by Rachel Conner

2 responses to “Slutwalkers take to Cardiff Streets

  • Jackie J

    I am sorry but the whole idea of slutwalk was to show that provocative clothing is OK, and this point was missed somewhere. WE went to the march and then we left when we saw most of the girls had put very little effort into the theme, instead of sluts we mostly see frumpy slacks, jeans and so forth.

  • Rachel Conner

    I don’t think the whole point was to wear provocative clothing, but was for women to say they could wear whatever they wanted and be comfortable with that.
    In the previous post I put up I had an interview with one of the organisers and she put it very well:
    She said: “The really extreme images aren’t really representative of the movement as a whole,We are not encouraging people to dress up or behave like sluts, we want people to be comfortable. We do not have the right to tell people how to dress and neither does anybody else. That is what this is all about.”

    Wearing “slutty” clothing can be seen in some ways as ironic because actually its a misconception that the way a woman dresses makes her more likely to be a victim of sexual assault – it is something that happens to all sorts of women, and often they are blamed whatever they are wearing

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