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SlutWalk To Fight Rape Culture During Weekend March In Gold Coast

By Kelly Bauer | August 10, 2017 9:36am | Updated on August 11, 2017 8:55am
 Men and women came out to rally against blaming rape victims for their assaults in Downtown Chicago during a previous SlutWalk.
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CHICAGO — Marchers will push back against rape culture during the annual SlutWalk this weekend.

SlutWalk is an event dedicated to showing solidary with and support for victims of sexual assault while fighting against "our culture's toxic policing of sexuality," according to a news release. Attendees sing, share stories, listen to speakers and march.

Chicago's SlutWalk is the oldest continuous SlutWalk in the United States, according to organizers.

"We welcome all people to Lake Shore Park for a demonstration of resilience and solidarity in the face of the poisonous nature of patriarchy, the increasing inaccessibility of reproductive healthcare, violence against sex workers and trans people, and the carceral police state that upholds all these things," organizers said, according to the news release.

Activist Lasaia Wade will be among this year's speakers.

Though the event is focused on fighting rape culture and supporting victims of sexual assault, SlutWalk also supports people who are trans, queer and act as sex workers while speaking out against racism, sexism and other issues.

More than 400 people have said they plan to attend on the event's Facebook page.

The event begins noon Saturday at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive.