Women take to the streets across globe in their underwear to protest against rape

Hundreds of female activists, some dressed in  little more than their underwear, protested outside Downing Street yesterday in  protest over attitudes towards rape victims.

The march, organised by the London branch of  the global ‘Slut Walk’ campaign group, called on the Prime Minister to ensure  the criminal justice system takes rape and sexual assault cases more  seriously.

The global campaign was seeded by a policeman  in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, after a policeman controversially said women should  ‘avoid dressing like sluts’ if they don’t want to risk being sexually  assaulted.

Some campaigners dressed in costume for the rally

Some campaigners dressed in costume for the rally

Activists participate in London Slut Walk 2012 in central London

Activists participate in London Slut Walk 2012 in  central London

The event in London on Saturday followed a  similar semi-clad march of women in Paris this week.

Women from Ukraine who have become world  famous for protesting topless against sexism, prostitution and the exploitation  of women, ran a training camp in the French capital on Tuesday.

Men and women took part in the protest in London yesterday
Men and women took part in the protest in London yesterday
 

Supportive partners dressed up for the  campaign 

The global campaign was seeded by a policeman in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, after a policeman controversially said women should 'avoid dressing like sluts' if they don't want to risk being sexually assaulted

The global campaign was seeded by a policeman in 2011 in  Toronto, Canada, after a policeman controversially said women should ‘avoid  dressing like sluts’ if they don’t want to risk being sexually  assaulted 

The growing Urkainian movement formed in  2008, known as Femen, and the global Slut Walk campaign which has gained world  renown, both share common goals and ultimately, through their semi-naked mean of  protest, attract publicity.

Quoted in The Observer, Alexandra Shevchenko,  one of Femen’s founders, said: ‘It works. Of course, people talk about our  nakedness, but they are also listening to our message.’

The march in London saw women activists wave  placards and banners saying: ‘If only police were as supportive as my bra,’ and  ‘Police prioritiose car crime over rape.’

One sign read: ‘The courts uphold a legal  system which is sexist, classist and racist.’

Campaigners highlighted the low prosecution rate for rape cases int eh UK

Campaigners highlighted the low prosecution rate for  rape cases int eh UK

 

They urged the government to reconsider how the police and the justice system deals with rape and sexual assault cases

They urged the government to reconsider how the police  and the justice system deals with rape and sexual assault cases

The women believe that a lack of prosecution  in rape case sin the UK is due in part to a culture of victim-blaming. Some of the women taking part in the  rally had been raped more than once.

A spokeswoman, quoted in The Sun, said: ‘We  want justice for the thousands of rape survivors who the police and courts have  told that they were dressed too provocatively, that they didn’t scream loudly  enough, that they were too young or mentally ill to understand it was rape.

The campaign group met at 12.30pm at the top  of Piccadilly before setting off on their march through the street of London,  much to the surpirse of shoppers and tourists enjoying the last of the Indian  summer.
The march ended in  Trafalgar Square.

Support for the campaign came in all shapes and sizes

Support for the campaign came in all shapes and  sizes

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