Tourists visiting Downing Street on Wednesday hoping to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister will have been rather surprised to find a large crowd of women dressed only in their underwear chanting outside its gates. Dressed in bras, knickers and a colourful array of sequined shawls, masks and wigs, the raucous rally could only be there for one thing; SlutWalk. Formed last year after a Toronto policeman told a group of law students that to avoid being raped they shouldn’t ‘dress like sluts’, the international movement is set to cause a stir in the capital this week. The protest at Downing Street was just the warm up for what is expected to be a huge march this Saturday September 22, calling for better justice and protection for the victims of rape. Kirsten Klitsch who joined the SlutWalk campaign after being a victim of sexual assault herself was at the protest: ‘Personal experience helped make me aware of the problems – the ideas we have about rape in society need to be challenged’.
Meet at 12.30pm at the top of Piccadilly for a 1.30pm start. The march will end in Trafalgar Square where there will be a rally. For more info, see slutmeansspeakup.org.uk