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Tel Aviv SlutWalk marches against sexual violence

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Israelis take part in the annual SlutWalk march in central Tel Aviv, on October 15, 2021.
Flash90Israelis take part in the annual SlutWalk march in central Tel Aviv, on October 15, 2021.

Signs read 'end femicide' and chants of 'no means no' at the 'Nothing is an invitation to rape' demonstration

On Friday morning women gathered in Atarim Square in Tel Aviv, Israel for the city's annual SlutWalk.

The crowds marched under the title "SlutWalk Tel Aviv: Nothing is an invitation to rape," The Jerusalem Post (The Post) reported.

Participants hoisted signs reading "it is not your fault" and "end femicide."

"Thousands of people have gathered today who believe that it is time to end the culture of blame and start believing victims," said Bracha Barad, head of Kulan, a movement that promotes feminist discourse across Israel. 

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"We are here to yell for those who did not have a voice and for those who still do not," Barad added. 

The march’s endpoint was a feminist fair where many feminist organizations took part, The Post mentioned, including The Women's Lobby, Women Lawyers for Social Justice, the Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center, and many more.

SlutWalk originated in Toronto in 2011 with subsequent rallies occurring globally to protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to a woman's appearance. 

Women and supporters of the transnational movement represent the idea that women should be able to wear whatever they want without fear of objectification and violence. 

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The yearly protest - the previous one in Tel Aviv being in May 2019 - which is part of a global movement, has broadened its scope to include all types of sexual assault and harassment, as well as the prevalence of victim-blaming.

"SlutWalk is our holiday," program organizers said, The Post reported. "Together we make the harm done to us into power and change reality."