Women March for Consent at Detroit SlutWalk

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit — A crowd of provocatively dressed women took over Palmer Park Saturday as the Detroit SlutWalk gathered to take back the word “slut” and bring awareness to sexual and domestic violence.

People hold signs during the Slut Walk at Palmer Park in Detroit on September 22, 2018.  The march and rally brought out about 70 demonstrators protesting sexual violence and other forms of aggression against woman.

About 70 people joined the transnational march Saturday, which calls for an end to the “rape culture” of blaming victims for being raped or assaulted because of their appearance.

Anna Krol, the lead organizer of the Detroit SlutWalk, said she hopes to make it an annual event. 


"This is the second year and we plan on keeping it going every year until we see progress through politics and society," said Krol, 62. 

The nonprofit Metro-Detroit Political Action Network and event co-organizers said they felt it was imperative to host another. Last year's theme was SlutPride and this year it was You Still Can't Touch This: Consent Required. 

The anti-rape movement quickly organized through social media in 2011 after a Toronto police officer told women to “avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” The walks have taken place across the U.S. and in Canada.


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