By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – About 1,000 people turned out for the annual “March to End Rape Culture” in Center City Saturday at Thomas Paine Plaza.
The event started in 2011 as the “slut walk,” which was a march to reclaim that word and spread awareness about rape culture.
Co-organizer Sarah Muhl says the name of the event was changed — the goal being to bring awareness about why so many feel oppressed or unsafe:
“We here in Philly found that name wasn’t very inclusive of all races and genders, so we changed it last year to ‘March to End Rape Culture’ and in doing that, we have gained a lot of following.”
After the march, Muhl says hundreds stayed to listen to speakers:
“The ultimate goal is to inform people what rape culture is and who it affects and how we can stop it.”
Muhl defines rape culture as things like street harassment, transphobia, homophobia, slut-shaming, victim-blaming.
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