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Slutwalk Planned For This Weekend: Organizers March And Speak Against Sexual Violence

The Slutwalk is held to protest sexual violence.

Organizers march during the 2016 Slutwalk in Chicago. [Slutwalk/Facebook]
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DOWNTOWN — Organizers will show support of survivors of sexual violence during Saturday’s Slutwalk.

Slutwalk attendees protest rape culture and police violence while also gathering to advocate for those who have been victims of sexual assault. Attendees will gather at Water Tower to listen to speakers; after that, there will be a march and a “speak out” where attendees can share their personal stories.

The event’s organizers are also trying to raise awareness of Lee Dewey, who was arrested at last year’s Slutwalk. Dewey, a nonbinary person who uses they/them pronouns, was accused of biting a police officer and is facing felony charges. Organizers hope to get the charges against Dewey dropped and raise funds for their legal defense.

Similar Slutwalk events are held in cities throughout the world, and this is the eighth annual Slutwalk for Chicago. More than 180 people have said they plan to attend on the march’s Facebook page.

The Slutwalk starts noon Saturday at Water Tower, 800 N. Michigan Ave.