Students Participate in “Slut Walk”

(Photo by Dane Goodwin)

Dane Goodwin

(Photo by Dane Goodwin)

By Julianne Skrivan

(Photo by Dane Goodwin)
(Photo by Dane Goodwin)

Short skirts, crop tops and bare skin are not signs of consent. This was the message of Students Against Sexual Assault’s “Slut Walk.”

Zak Mahaz, a member of SASA, said the Slut Walk was a response to last year’s sexual assault attacks, especially against women.

“We wanted to raise awareness to the main issue of what is truly happening on our campus and many other campuses across the country,” Mahaz said.

The walk took place on April 21. Students arrived at the event and began making posters with sayings such as, “consent is sexy” and “shame on him, not me.” Afterwards, the team, with some members in body-revealing clothing, walked through campus to promote their mission.

Rachel Jarman, a junior in English, said she attended the event to show her support against disparaging women for their choices in sex.

“I feel like slut-shaming is something that hasn’t been talked about a lot or even explained to others,” Jarman said. “It’s important to be educated about all sorts of issues especially one that is such a main problem for everyone.”

After the march, victims of sexual assault spoke out about the experience and how to address the issue especially if you are a victim.

The speakers encouraged all students who have been in any sexual assault situation to reach out to the Student Wellness Center and told victims that life will get better after the initial horror of sexual assault.

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