Press Release

The SlutWalk San Diego march will be held on June 11, 2011, at City Hall 202 C Street, San Diego, CA at 1:30 pm, with our walk beginning at 2:00 pm. SlutWalk is a march and rally designed to end sexual violence and the bullying tactics and justification of sexual violence that is victim blaming — as well as reclaim the word “slut.”
San Diego, California May 20th, 2011 — On Saturday, June 11th, The people of San Diego - women, men, and children of all different ages, ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities are taking to the streets to spread their message that in our Fair City, victim blaming in situations of sexual violence will not be tolerated. We are saying that words like “Slut” will no longer shame us into silence.
SlutWalk San Diego will be walking from City Hall down 1st Street to Broadway, down Broadway to 4th, where there will then be a rally in Horton Plaza Park. Guest speakers – from a variety of backgrounds including Ikoi Hiroe - will provide personal testimonies. The importance of this message, for survivors and allies alike, make SlutWalk San Diego an event not to be missed.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have not been assaulted,” said Anastasia Shevchenko, a student and one of the creators of SlutWalk San Diego, “But friends of mine have been - so I know how important this issue is. I just felt that we needed to have one here as well.”
The SlutWalk movement originated in Toronto, Canada in response to Constable Michael Sanguinetti’s statement at a York University safety forum that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” After successfully holding the first SlutWalk in Toronto on April 3rd 2011, the movement has of this date spread to 81 major cities worldwide. SlutWalk San Diego is proud to be part of this global movement.
For more information, please visit our website (, or contact the members of the SlutWalk San Diego organizing committee:
Anastasia Shevchenko
Pamela Doble
Rebecca Trichel

As a part of SlutWalk San Diego,
We are proudly taking a stand against sexual violence and the bully tactics of victim blaming.
We believe that all of us, regardless of gender, need to recognize that by allowing the publicly shaming of victims by using their appearance or sexual history against them, it creates a society that accepts and justifies acts of sexual violence.
We recognize that we need to end not only the acts of sexual violence, but the excuses that allow that violence to continue.
We believe in the simple concept that everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.