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Slut Walk in Reykjavík Tomorrow

Druslugangan 2017

Photo: Druslugangan 2017/Facebook.

Online sexual violence is the theme of this year’s Slut Walk (Druslugangan) set to take place tomorrow, Saturday, in Reykjavík, according to Helga Lind Mar, one of the eleven core organizers of the march this year, reports mbl.is.

“Marchers are demanding that courts and society take a stand and regard online sexual violence in the same way as other violent crimes. We want to eliminate words such as ‘revenge porn’ or ‘harass porn,’” stated Helga.

Harass porn’ is a term the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association came up with as they felt the more usual term, ‘revenge porn,’ was a loaded one that implied that the person in a non-consensually distributed image had done something to warrant an act of revenge.

Helga Lind explained today in an interview with Morgunblaðið, the print newspaper version of mbl.is, that the crime does not lie in taking a nude photo of yourself and sending it to your boyfriend or girlfriend, but rather in someone later distributing the photo online without the consent of the person pictured.

The Slut Walk originated in Canada in 2011 in response to a police officer addressing university students about the issue of campus rape having told them to avoid dressing like ‘sluts,’ if they wanted to avoid becoming victims of sexual assault. The first walk was organized to draw attention to this issue of victim blaming or ‘slut shaming.’ Slut Walks subsequently sprang up in various cities around the world.

The Slut Walk seemed to strike a particular chord in Iceland and still attracts large numbers of participants each year. Tomorrow’s walk will be the seventh such held in Reykjavík. Walkers will set off from Hallgrímskirkja church in the city center at 2 pm down Skólavörðustígur and turn onto Laugavegur, the main street of Reykjavík, before ending up at Austurvöllur square outside the Parliament building where there will be speeches and music. Anyone interested in attending the event can sign up here.

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