First 'SlutWalk' in Valdosta Draws the Crowds

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 26, 2012 --

More than 200,000 people fall victim to sexual assault every year in the country. That number comes from Rainin, the Rape, Assault, Incest, National Network.
To fight those numbers people all over the nation have participated in walks to end sexual violence. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates tells us about a walk called the SlutWalk that occurred in Valdosta.

It is part of a larger movement. The first Slutwalk was in April of 2011 in Canada. It was in response to a city police officer saying quote 'women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.

Since then the movement has spread around the world and now, Valdosta State University. The goal is to end sexual violence.
Organizers also want to end what they say is a tendency to blame or shame victims based on how their dressed.

One VSU student Danielle Lasick said "I think it's for a good cause. I don't think that a woman should be able to get raped just because of what she wears. I think men should have the power to control themselves."

The word 'slut' is also being put in the spotlight. It has caused some people on campus to become angry. Tracy Woodard Meyers, a sociology professor at VSU, said "It's been interesting on campus, this is of course the first year that we've done this. But we've gotten a lot of push back from it and people are irate that we're using this term. And I keep saying, you know, if people were to be this irate about people getting raped than we wouldn't have rape, you know in our society."

over 200 people showed up to the SlutWalk. The Governor's office says more than 60% of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported in Georgia.


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  • by Anon Location: Tally on Apr 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    Max is right.
  • by Victim Location: Valdosta on Apr 28, 2012 at 09:52 AM
    To Max: how stupid can you be! This could just as easily happen to Your mother, sister, grandmother, girlfriend/wife or even you so how could you say such a negative thing and not want protection for women!! So I repeat : HOW STUPID ARE YOU!!
  • by Sandy Location: Texas on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    First off, Max your an idiot. Saying that dressing like a target will take the attention off of others is stupidity! As a "sister" who dresses somewhat conservatively, I have never had a problem with getting attentIon...and do not put words in any of our mouths...because I'd never thank another human for being raped. Job well done VSU, am an alumni I am proud to see my university speaking out for what is right!
  • by Max Location: Valdosta on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Ahh...Female Logic! 1st. Sexual predators do not Obey the LAW, they don't care what you think or what your marching for. If you want to dress like a target your sisters will thank you for taking the attention away from them. I will not defend your honor at the risk of my own life. Please stay sober so you can get the right guy, and notify the Police in advance you out baiting trouble, the response time is about 15min if you make the call. Remember the 2nd Amendment.
  • by Eric Location: Valdosta on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    The conservative Christians in Valdosta will definitely not put up with this. VSU better look out for major fallout from the community. I am a student at VSU and see no problem with it, but then I am not a Christian. Valdosta is a extremely heavy Christian town and there is major outrage. Typical of Christians, they can not see the forest for the trees.
  • by Vas Location: DC on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    Against Violence https://vimeo.com/36182322
  • by Tom Location: Valdosta on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    I'm proud of the women and men at VSU who are taking a stand against violence against women!
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