'Slutwalk 2013' has a serious message

Posted at: 04/12/2013 8:15 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Slutwalk 2013 has a name that may grab attention, but organizers hope that the serious issue it represents will keep that attention.

Slutwalk started in Toronto in 2011 after a Canadian police officer said that if women wanted to avoid getting raped, they should stop "dressing like sluts."

The idea was to redirect attention from victim blaming to concrete, preventative solutions.

"It doesn't matter what you're wearing," organizer Bianca Villani said. "It doesn't matter how you express your sexuality, it doesn't matter what community you're in, the color of your skin -- nobody deserves or asks to be raped."

CNM and UNM are jumping on board this year with a walk starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the north lot of The Pit.

At 10:30 a.m. they'll hold a community fair for people to learn about sexual assault in the community and ways to prevent sexual violence.

The event isn't just for college students; organizers say its crucial for everyone to get involved.

"Everybody is affected by sexual violence," Villani said. "This isn't an isolated issue, this is something that affects men and women, children and adults, and we need to stop silencing this topic and start talking about it."