Campus protest to echo ‘Slut Walk’

| Marcus Clem editor in chief |

Jessica Crabtree says she’s taking an idea that’s seen global success and applying her own twist to it. This may seem like conventional innovation, until one learns her inspiration: The Slut Walk.
Crabtree is rebranding the international movement for her demonstration, the Strut Your Stuff event, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. It will follow a southern route around campus from the Oval.
The concept is basically the same as a Slut Walk; a group of scantily clad people marching to protest the trope that a provocatively dressed person is inviting sexual aggression.
“That idea is preposterous,” Crabtree said. “I should be able to stand somewhere naked and not be raped or assaulted. The only invitation for sex is an actual invitation.”
Strut Your Stuff is meant to make it easier for people to get involved in this idea.
“I wanted to put my own spin on it,” she said, “to organize it along the same lines but with my own take.”
Slut Walk events, such as the protest that occurred at Pittsburg State last fall, are typically open to all. Crabtree says she hopes to focus the event on inclusion.
“We want to maximize turnout,” she said. “I’m hoping that the result will be a greater reaction on campus.”
Crabtree says that the ideas that inspire Strut Your Stuff are a key way to improve awareness of how people perceive a form of dress at, for example, a party.
“Sexual assault is a problem everywhere,” she said. “It’s underreported; victims are too scared to talk, or perhaps the morning after, they don’t remember everything.”
Crabtree and event volunteers will hold a fundraiser in the Oval on Friday, May 2, in support of Safehouse, a shelter in Pittsburg that supports victims of domestic violence, located at 669 S. U.S. Hwy 69.
For more information, call Safehouse at 620-231-8692.

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