It has been over three years since activists in Toronto set off a worldwide movement with their first ever SlutWalk to raise awareness about victim blaming and sexual assault. This past weekend, the protest returned to its original Canadian stomping grounds with a reinvigorated mission and message. While the SlutWalk was originally criticized for neglecting race, sexual orientation and gender identity in relation to slut-shaming and sexual violence, they have since rebranded themselves SWTO and moved away from reclaiming the term “slut” while working towards more inclusive and targeted goals that cut through race, class and gender lines. (Official organizer Natalee Brouse discusses the new and improved SlutWalk here.)
2014’s SWTO featured a diverse roster of speakers of different ethnicities from across the gender spectrum to highlight key issues from sex worker’s rights to men’s roles in ending gender-based violence. We wish we could have been there to hear what they said – if you have any great images or stories from the weekend, please share below!