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Hundreds join anti-rape 'Slutwalks'

by Marianne Owens and Chris Newlove
Issue No. 2255

Around 200 women, men and children joined the Cardiff Slutwalk last Saturday.

Women’s charities, domestic violence campaigners and local feminists supported it. Many people brought homemade placards and banners.

A meeting this week will discuss the next steps.

Hundreds joined Glasgow’s Slutwalk and around 150 people joined Newcastle’s.

Marchers were angry at Kenneth Clarke’s statements on rape as well as Theresa May’s homophobia and Nadine Dorries’ blatant bigotry.

Lizi Gray said, “The issues Slutwalk raises definitely need attention. A culture of blaming the victim is still widespread.”

Socialists also argue for the movement to take on all of the issues facing women—such as moves to cut abortion rights or Tory cuts that slash rape crisis centres and sexual health clinics.

London Slutwalk: Assemble this Saturday 11 June, 1pm, top of Piccadilly (Hyde Park Corner)

Pro-choice supporters held a meeting in London on Monday and are planning a rally to defend abortion rights in London on 9 July.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2255
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