SlutWalk Chicago 2011 | Photos
“Hey hey, ho ho. Sexual assault has got to go,” chanted the passionate SlutWalk participants on Saturday. SlutWalk Chicago, a spin-off of a protest held in Toronto in early April in response to "they're asking for it" police comments about rape victims, brought out scantily clad men and women to walk in protest of sexual violence on Saturday. The core message of the protest was skimp clothes don't mean you’re asking for it. The walk started at the Thompson Center, went along Grant Park, and ended up at Daley Plaza. The protestors’ shouts were loud and frustrated. Throughout the walk, there was a strong feeling of camaraderie among SlutWalkers. After, activists and a very entertaining comedian named Beth Sterling spoke to the gathering of participants. Emily from sheeronline.org gave an especially graphic speech on what consent really is. To close out the ceremony, one of the Chicago organizers, Jamie Keiles, left everyone with some positive ideas. “Rape culture is defined by a million little incidents, and the only way we can combat it is with a million little conversations,” Keiles said. This was the first year for the Chicago walk and it certainly should not be the last. The clothing may have been few, but the contagious passion was abundant.