‘Slut walk’ protests begin in Australia

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Thousands of women dressed in fishnet stockings and stiletto heels took part in the “SlutWalk” movement in Brisbane and Melbourne protesting the culture to blame women for becoming victims of sexual assault.

This was Australia’s first SlutWalk.

Women donned fishnets and heels, hot pants or miniskirts for the march. Many onlookers clapped in support and most captured the protest on their camera phones.

The global movement reportedly began in Canada, after a Toronto policeman told an audience of university students in January that women should avoid dressing like “sluts” so that they were not victimised.

His comments prompted global outrage that victims of sexual assault were to blame for the attack because of what they were wearing or doing.

The Australian Sex Party Queensland branch that organised Brisbane protest asked people on Facebook to participate.

The protest aims to empower women to stand up for their sexuality and end the culture of blaming sexual assault victims, organisers said.

SlutWalks are also planned for Sydney and Adelaide in June. (IANS)