Join Atheists Of Utah as we support the 3rd annual Salt Lake SlutWalk on Saturday, April 13! We will have a table by the police station, across from 300 E 200 S, handing out water and information about AofU to participants. Come out and show that, as atheists, we reject rape culture that has been perpetuated by thousands of years of religious dogma and misogyny.
From the organizer:
"...this year we are adopting a walk that symbolizes the path of survivors who choose to report by starting at City Hall, walking past the new police station, the old police station, the DA's Office, and ending at City Hall, across from the Court house. This symbolizes the path of survivors who are believed, often re-traumatized by the court process, and acknowledges the drawbacks and rape culture at every point.
... Atheists of Utah could contribute to this idea substantially by pointing out the sympathy our regional religious culture has in encouraging slut shaming by insisting victims either fight to the death, or acknowledge a degree of complicity with their rapists, a damning false-dilemma. Unfortunately, our juries reek of this sort of bias often due to religious upbringing."
From the event:
This year's theme is Stand Up! Speak Out!
Bring your friends! Bring your family! But be advised that frank and open conversations will be taking place about sexual violence.
This year is going to be our best walk yet! We will have lots of local groups fighting sexual violence present, and tons of free stuff for you to make and take!
Parking free on site!
We will gather at City Hall at 1:00 to make posters and hear from members of our community about local rape culture and the justice process.
Then we will march in solidarity by the new police station, the old police station, and the district attorney's office back to City Hall across the street from the court house to symbolize the process some survivors go through when they choose to file a report.
We will end at City Hall with an open mic and a speech by Shawndell Hoyt.
SlutWalk is an event designed to challenge victim blaming, debunk rape myths, end rape culture, and empower sexual assault survivors.
More info: slutwalkslc.com, FB event