The first-ever "Slut Walk" in MoorheadFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Short-shorts and skimpy shirts were a must at provocative parade on the MSUM campus today.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Short-shorts and skimpy shirts were a must at provocative parade on the MSUM campus today.
It's all part of a campaign to end rape, and the excuses that come along with it. This is the first-ever "Slut Walk" in Moorhead.
The idea stems from Toronto, Canada.
After a policeman addressed a sexual assault case by saying, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order ** not to be victimized."
It's a statement that although was said almost two years ago, still outrages a lot of people. Including these students.
Students: "Get off my sister."
Katie Bullock- MSUM Student: "Usually a female, who has a lot of sex. Usually, probably risky."
A word that these students say traps women. And stamps females with a double standard.
Bullock: "If a guy has sex all the time, he's a stud. But if a girl has sex, even once, she's a slut."
Hannah Jones- MSUM Student: "Slut does not equal victim."
Hannah Jones knows from experience. She tells us she was molested by a close friend.
Jones: "I woke up to him, in my own bed, groping me."
And too afraid of the consequences to tell anyone.
Jones: "It's basically meant to empower, empower the victims."
They have a message today.
Bullock: "It doesn't matter what a person is wearing, or if they happen to have sex all the time. It's never ok to rape someone."
Is to end the perception, that the type of clothes you wear signals consent.
Jones: "This one event isn't going to change society's mind, but it will at least help empower the victims. Empower the people that have been given the label of a slut."
Students were happy with the turnout and say they plan to do this again next year.