Students protest ‘slut shaming’ in FAU’s first ever SlutWalk

Freshman theater performance major Sophie Siegel organized the event.

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Students protest ‘slut shaming’ in FAU’s first ever SlutWalk

College Democrats Women’s Caucus Chair  Sophie Siegel (right) marches with other protestors against rape culture. Joe Pye | News Editor

College Democrats Women’s Caucus Chair Sophie Siegel (right) marches with other protestors against rape culture. Joe Pye | News Editor

College Democrats Women’s Caucus Chair Sophie Siegel (right) marches with other protestors against rape culture. Joe Pye | News Editor

College Democrats Women’s Caucus Chair Sophie Siegel (right) marches with other protestors against rape culture. Joe Pye | News Editor

Bella Riccitelli, Contributing Writer

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Students participated in a peaceful protest Friday by holding Florida Atlantic’s first SlutWalk on its Boca Raton campus.

Open to women and men, the walk was nonpartisan and entirely student organized.

Participants were encouraged to wear whatever they wanted to protest “slut shaming” and encourage body positivity. The event also looked to inform the public about the importance of consent.

There were about 30 participants total, and both men and women took part in the march. Protesters held signs and chanted, “Yes means yes and no means no,” as well as, “I’m not your baby, it doesn’t mean maybe.”

The event was organized outside of the College for Design and Social Inquiry building on the Free Speech Lawn. Several participants remained at a table to help hand out condoms, Planned Parenthood informational cards and stickers.

A poster board was placed in front of the table that allowed students to write motivational and positive messages, such as messages that read, “Women have a right to their bodies” and “You have worth.”

Freshman theater performance major Sophie Siegel organized the march, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She said, “I am a feminist and I am [the College Democrats] Women’s Caucus Chair. The idea of ending rape culture and promoting positivity means a lot to me.”

Bella Riccitelli is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her @bellariccitelli.