On Saturday June 23rd, Philadelphia Printworks will host a clothing swap and misprints sale at the Bok Building to benefit the March to End Rape Culture. See the event invitation for more details.
“When I was walking with the crowd I felt strong, I felt that people were listening to my voice, and that I wasn’t alone.”
On September 30th, crowds gathered at Thomas Paine Plaza in Center City to participate in the March to End Rape Culture.
The march is an annual event held in Philadelphia that aims to diminish slut shaming and victim blaming.
Hundreds of people joined together Sept. 30 to attend the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia. The march, which started at Thomas Paine Plaza, included speakers from prominent organizations like Take Back the Night, which advocate for an end to sexual assault and provide resources for survivors.
Various students from schools across Philadelphia attended the march, including many from Penn. These are some of the people who were there and what they had to say:
The march — intended to raise awareness about rape culture while supporting survivors — kicked off with speakers from several local organizations dedicated to the cause. Among them were Philly’s iteration of Take Back the Night, PAVE (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment) Philly, Project Safe and Black & Brown Workers Collective.
In anticipation of our next annual event (September 30th, 2017), the March To End Rape Culture is seeking new volunteers and organizers. We're looking for help leading up to the event (including fundraising and outreach), as well as help making the actual march and rally the best event possible! If you're interested, please head on over to our volunteering page and let us know how you can help. Thanks!
The 2017 March To End Rape Culture is right around the corner on September 30th! We're currently raising funds to put on this year's event (expenses include equipment rental, an ASL interpreter, snacks for volunteers, web hosting fees, the event permit, and online+IRL promotional materials). So for anyone who's interested in helping out or spreading the word:
Some may remember the story of a woman who went to Toronto police after she was raped and was told by an officer that "women should avoid dressing like sluts." This incident sparked a movement and here in Philadelphia the March to End Rape Culture. Loraine Ballard Morrill spoke with one of the organizers Robin Strough about the event which takes place September 24, 2016 at the Thomas Paine Plaza, Philadelphia starting at 11:00.
We're thrilled to announce our performer lineup for this year's march, featuring an eclectic mix of girls and women from across the Philly music scene: The Means, Girls Rock Philly, and Janee Latrice, and Wassup Gina! The performances cap off our event after the march and speeches by Ronald Savage, Tationnah Carter from Morris Home, Sethe Lamming & Kay Cohen from the Philly Survivor Support Network and more. Check out the full rundown on the march here, if you're unfamiliar with us read about why we're marching, and don't forget to invite your friends! Here's music and links for our artists:
"Whether it be something as seemingly benign as cat-calling or as extreme as a rapist receiving a lenient jail sentence because their accuser was intoxicated or the rapists’ privilege, rape culture is a persistent and serious problem in today’s society. On the front lines of the battle to expose and eliminate rape culture is Christie Eastburn, organizer of Philadelphia’s annual March To End Rape Culture."
We are pleased to announce the date for the second annual TREAT Y'RSELF FEST (a benefit for the annual March to End Rape Culture, co-presented with Pussy Division). Treat Y'rself Fest (Saturday, August 20th, 2016) is all about self-care and having a great day out in a safe, inclusive, all-ages and accessible space for all.
The following speakers have been confirmed for the 2016 March to End Rape Culture:
Ronald Savage (Ronald Savage Survivor Network)
Tationnah Carter, (Morris Home)
Seth Lamming & Lindsey schwartz (Philly Survivor Support Collective)
Aisha Mohammed (Sex Workers Outreach Project - Philadelphia)
Candace Mckinley (Black lives matter)
Camille Townsend-Turner (Chrysalis)
Amanda Spitfire (Take Back the Night)
Grace Delaney (March to End Rape Culture)
Jana Nogowski (Poet)
Zahre Bell (Poet)
DJ Wassup Gina has also been confirmed, and more performers are TBA!
Here's an interview with Ronald Savage from New York Daily News:
At this year's Democratic National Convention (DNC), Pennsylvania activist Sharron Cooks was one of 28 openly transgender delegates and two trans women-of-color delegates. She's also a former sex worker. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, it's this last bit that The Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jenice Armstrong chose to focus on.
On the cold and windy morning of October 3, I bundled up in two shirts and a jacket to march through downtown Philadelphia. But beside me, dozens walked naked as part of the 2015 March to End Rape Culture (MTERC), also known as “my body, my choice.”
Spearheaded by the Haverford Women*s Center, a group of about 20 Bryn Mawr and Haverford students went to Thomas Payne Plaza to take part in the MTERC rally. Formerly known as the “Slutwalk,” the march was, according to the official website, “rebranded as the March to End Rape Culture in an effort to be more inclusive and appeal to a wider audience.” Walkers were welcomed by local organizations such as “Philly Queer” and “Philadelphia Socialist.” ...
The March to End Rape Culture, formally known as the “Slut Walk”, is an event that has been occurring in cities all throughout the country for the last five years. For Philadelphia, thisyear’s march occurred on Oct. 3rd at 11 a.m. beginning at JFK Boulevard. It is the 3rd consecutive year that Philadelphia has participated in holding the event. Each year has had much larger turnouts than the previous, as well as more experienced speakers. The event attracted a widely diverse group of men and women and a wide range of guests, speakers and sponsorships. Many of the speakers had colorful voices all with unique perspectives on the event’s cause and future fights. Some told stories, others read poetry, and powerful speeches were given at the beginning and end of the march.
After the speakers were finished there were several dance and musical performances. One dance troop, “The —— Regime” featured group of talented young women who did routines to songs “featuring strong female leads” such as Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and Rihanna. By adding musical guests and performers, the organizers really added a modern touch that had been missing among previous years.
Under gray skies at the 2015 March to End Rape Culture, Nellie Fitzpatrick relayed the story of Chrissy Lee Polis, a transgender woman who was beaten in 2011 after attempting to use a women’s bathroom.
“This happened to Chrissy because of how these people perceived her,” said Fitzpatrick, the city’s director of LGBT Affairs. “Because she wasn’t good enough to simply do what every single person here does every day: go to the bathroom.”
Three days after the march, Philadelphia witnessed the 18th murder of a transgender woman of color in America this year when 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins was attackedin Logan. Police arrested a man in connection to the murder yesterday.
This past Saturday people came together for the annual March to End Rape Culture. The march aims to spread awareness of rape culture and its affect on society.
Kaitlynd Knorr one of the march’s organizer stated,”It raises awareness and it puts it in people’s minds. It’s a taboo subject that people may not want to talk about.”
As Anna Frangiosa patiently sits, bundled on the brisk October morning, gripping tightly to her homemade signs, she knows the two-mile march is worth it.
Burlesque performer and resident of North Philadelphia, 39-year-old Frangiosa has always advocated against sexual violence and the victimization of women in American culture. Helping raise awareness of rape against women, the March to End Rape Culture is the first united event she ever attended in the city to stop “victim blaming.”
“I think there’s still a lot of people who think this is a joke and obviously it’s not. It’s important that people be visible about this as a way of encouraging gender equality and ending rape.” Frangiosa goes on to explain how the media subjugates women, who eventually become only pawns in a man’s chess game.
Supposedly, our culture is opposed to rape. We like to think that all good people are as offended by sexual assault as they are by, say, cannibalism. Yet, rape happens every day to people of all ages.
And the perpetrators aren’t all barbarous, dead-eyed monsters; they’re other humans, often close to those they abuse. Rapists can have loving families and respectable jobs; they are simply people who choose, for some reason, to disregard consent.
Pretending that rape only happens in specific communities or is a crime committed by certain types of people is a fairy tale that allows us to avoid looking at how our culture allows sexual assault to happen.
“Rape culture” is increasingly being used to talk about the ways we implicitly condone rape, make it easier for it to happen and harder to combat. It refers to the ways that we talk about sex, gender, relationships and power that inadvertently contribute to a climate where people are put at risk and disbelieved when they try to report. What are some examples?
Just this past Saturday, Thomas Paine Plaza was flooded with over 1,000 feminist activists and supporters for Philly’s March to End Rape Culture. Many walked around topless, some wore tight-fitting, short dresses which are the garments that rape is often blamed on, and others wore the clothes that they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. What did I wear this weekend amongst the sea of half-naked, beautiful, powerful activists? You guessed it! A Thor costume.
It’s strange to think that cosplaying Thor is a multifaceted and complex decision or functions as anything more significant than simply demonstrating an admiration for a fictional character. Thor is the god of thunder, child of Oden, heir to the throne of Asgard, and owner of a powerful hammer called Mjolnir that can both create force fields and destroy anything in its path. It’s simple — Thor is kickass, who wouldn’t want to dress up as this demigod? But being Thor this past weekend was as symbolic and as substantial for me as the march itself.