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Reykjavik Slut Walk 2015: A March for the Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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The Reykjavik slut walk is part of an international protest march that is supposed to send the message to sexual offenders that the shame belongs to them, NOT the victims.

It doesn’t matter how you dress or behave, it is under all circumstances wrong to take advantage of other people’s bodies. We own ourselves and no one should disrespect our right to be who we want to be, and dress like we want to dress.

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The mayor of Reykjavik is one of many to show his support in actionPhoto via Drusluganga on Facebook

Judging by recent events, this year’s march should be very powerful, as it follows on a huge #freethenipple campaign and the #womentalk initiative, both of which tackle body-shaming and sexual violence. And all of this against a backdrop of a very strong feminist movement in Iceland, though we’ve got a long road still to go.

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From #FreeTheNipple in June

The slut walk will be held for the fifth time in Iceland on Saturday the 25th, and will begin at 14:00. A diverse group of people join together to fight for the same thing and to show solidarity with the victims. It’s a walk for a better society.

The walk begins at Hallgrímskirkja and ends on Austurvöllur, where speeches are held and bands perform. The speakers are Sóley Tómasdóttir, Jóhannes Kr. Kristjánsson and Guðrún Katrín Jóhannesdóttir. The bands are hip Icelandic acts Mammút, Úlfur Úlfur, Frikki Dór and Boogie Trouble.

Join Icelandic activists in the slut walk, and take a stand against sexual violence!!

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Photo via Drusluganga on Facebook