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Hundreds march in 'Slutwalk'

Hundreds of people in Johannesburg marched in the ‘Slutwalk’ against rape on Saturday.

The Slutwalk in Johannesburg, 25 August 2012 against rape and women abuse. Picture: Facebook.com/Slutwalk.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people participated in the ‘Slutwalk’ march in Johannesburg on Saturday as Women’s month draws to a close. 

The three-kilometer walk is aimed at highlighting that what woman wear is not an invitation to rape or any kind of sexual harassment. 

This year's theme was "It's a dress. Not a yes."

The movement originated in Canada after when a Toronto police representative told a group of students that, "Women should refrain from dressing provocatively to avoid being victimised". 

Organiser Sandi Schultz said the walk was successful despite the smaller turnout compared to last year.

“There was less media (to cover the event) this year but it was extremely enthusiastic and passionate crowd.” 

Some of the participants said there is a lot to do to combat sexual harassment. 

“We got a lot to do to change perceptions that what we wear is cause for harassment. No one asks to be rape.

“Everybody has got their right to their choice and freedom. We do not have the right to force ourselves on women as guys.” 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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