Fight for women's rights hits streets

THOUSANDS of proud "sluts" stopped traffic in Brisbane on Saturday for the inaugural rally of SlutWalk.

SlutWalk has become a global phenomenon since a Canadian police officer told a group of university students in January that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised".

Since then, the SlutWalk movement has spread across the globe and, in King George Square on Saturday, thousands of Brisbane supporters turned out to protest against rape culture and victim-blaming.

Australian Sex Party convener Fiona Patten said that women did not deserve to be sexually assaulted, no matter what they wore, or their sexual behaviour.

"I was sexually assaulted when I was younger and I didn't report my attacker," she said.

"I felt shame, I felt as though I was to blame; all because I had gone behind the sand dunes to have a cigarette with this guy and I didn't want to tell my parents.

"That said, 99 per cent of guys are wonderful. We need to blame rapists, not men.

"I like sex. You all like sex. That does not give anyone permission to sexually assault any of us."

Rape victim Tiara Shafiq told the crowd she had been raped after a swingers' party.

"Slut shaming and rape culture is not going to go away," she said.

"I don't care if you are the bastard child of Paris Hilton and Voldemort and your full-time job is as a stripper … and you are the only girl for miles - you still do not deserve to be assaulted or raped."

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