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Scene: SlutWalk 2014

People take to the streets to speak out against slut-shaming, victim-blaming, and sexual violence.

PHOTOS BY: Elsie Nisonen, from the Torontoist Flickr pool

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.

WHAT: SlutWalk Toronto 2014, the third instalment of what is now an annual event—one that came into being after a Toronto police representative commented, in 2011, that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” That statement and the local response to it triggered a worldwide movement that promotes “collective action against victim-blaming in support of survivors of sexual violence.”

Hundreds of people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to demand change—from the police, politicians (a number of signs made reference to the Harper government’s controversial new prostitution laws), the media, and those who promote, support, or enable slut-shaming and victim-blaming.

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