04th October 2011
Marita Lidonde,
Monash South Africa,
“It’s a Dress not a Yes!”
When we hear about rape, we cover our ears feigning ignorance or creating a barrier distancing ourselves from it. When we talk about rape, a finger is placed over ones lip followed by, “Shhh! What are you saying?”
Silence; we are silenced from talking about this either by those around us or by what is within us, Shame, embarrassment, disgrace. So if ‘we’ the lucky ones can’t even whisper about it, how will ‘SHE’ be heard.
I am an aspiring journalist who could right this as any other piece, any other story. But I want to right this as a Human, who cares about the people around her, as a woman who is terrified by the idea of rape but supports other women to move forward in pride and strength. As a sister who wouldn’t hesitate to give a helping hand and give my life for my blood, As a daughter who puts her mother on a pedestal with all things precious admiring the strength she has to bring me into this world and raise me on her own, As a potential mother, wrapping my arms around my children and body blocking them from all and any danger, And most importantly as a friend with two shoulders one to help carry your burden and the other for you to lean on, two hands to defend and carry you, two legs to walk and guide you to a safe place and two ears to listen.
Slut Walk Johannesburg is an event brought together by a team of passionate South Africans hosted by the Zoo Lake country club. Sand Schultz, the Organizer, brought together Johannesburg to gather in one voice condemning the unprovoked violence of rape against women. The main goals were to unite the families, friends and victims of rape in the naming and shaming of rapists, to stop the stigmatization of raped women, to set women free so that they can wear what they want without being attacked. Mari Sciarappa a volunteer part of the organizing team explained the meaning behind the name ‘Slut Walk,” to crush the belief that women provoke rape by what they wear. The participants were encouraged to dress in what was believed to be slutty.
Jaunita Minne, the president of Crimson set up a stand where people donated bags filled with clothes and other personal effects. The reason behind it is when raped women are admitted into hospitals all their pieces of clothing are taken for examination. By donating these bags, these victims have something to wear and

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plus it helps them feel less of a victim.
The walk began at 11 am from Zoo Lake. But before it took off authors, actors, filmmakers and other South Africans took to the podium and shared the stories. It was at this time that Sandy Schultz dressed in pajamas stood up and said that she was a victim of rape, “This is how I was dressed when I was attacked. I was in my bed asleep in my pajamas when he raped me. Does this say rape me,” it was then that she shed off the pajamas and remained with a corset and a colorful skirt and said, “What if I was dressed like this.” She led people as they walked around Jan Smuts chanting the slogan, “It’s a dress and not a Yes!” as they held up their signs. These signs had messages such us, don’t blame the victims others used their bodies as a canvas.
This walk was a perfect example of how South African’s can unite for each other. When the walk came to a close everyone cheered and embraced each other, saying to each other ‘Thank you for coming.’
Visit the website here for more information and pictures; http://slutwalkjhb.co.za/
“Your Voice Shall Be Heard for Eternity.”