AAUW Hosts Re:Action Event on SlutWalksAugust 18, 2011
Last night, close to 100 people crowded into AAUW’s headquarters for a panel discussion about Washington, D.C.’s, recent SlutWalk, a rally that aimed to bring attention to the dangers of victim blaming and sexual assault. AAUW’s follow-up event, called Re: Action — A Debate on SlutWalk, gave panelists, AAUW members, and others an opportunity to voice their opinions about the event. The crowd engaged with the panelists and each other, tossing around questions about the purpose of SlutWalk and the need to highlight stereotypes that surround sexual assault and its victims.
Panel speakers included Samantha Wright, organizer of SlutWalk D.C.; Chai Shenoy, co-founder of Holla Back DC!; Aiyi’nah “SimplyNay” Ford, activist and host of the One Mic Stand radio show; and Alexandra Petri, a blogger for the Washington Post. AAUW’s own Holly Kearl — Legal Advocacy Fund program manager, expert on street harassment, and published author — moderated the event.