The Buttons and Stickers are here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The buttons and stickers have finally arrived! Order your today! All the proceeds will go directly to the SlutWalk fund! Show your support with a sweet SLUT Button!

They’re only $2!!

Click HERE to order yours or visit: http://slutwalktampa.bigcartel.com/

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Donate to SlutWalk Tampa and get a Restaurant.com gift card!

Donate and get a Restaurant.com gift card!

We’ve teamed up with the AWESOME people over at Elite Marketing in Tampa to raise money for the SlutWalk!

They’ve offered to help us with some incentives for donations made to the SlutWalk! If you donate $15 to the SlutWalk you receive a $25 restaurant.com gift card OR donate $20 to the SlutWalk and receive a $50 restaurant.com gift card!

(Or donate multiple times to get more than one gift card!)

Here’s a little about Restaurant.com:

“Restaurant.com is about celebrating the dining experience more affordably. We provide certificates for literally thousands of great restaurants – many of them right in your neighborhood – that bring you the fun and pleasure of eating out while spending less. Sound too good to be true? Not at all. Restaurant owners like us because we bring them new customers. And you’ll like us because we’re such a convenient way to enjoy an evening out whenever you want without busting the budget.”

Check out their Tampa Bay area restaurants here.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. 

If you donate $15 to the Tampa SlutWalk, you will receive a $25 restaurant.com gift card.
BUT! If you donate $20 to the Tampa SlutWalk, you will receive a $50 restaurant.com gift card! Sounds like a sweet deal to us! Here’s how you do it!

  1. Visit our donation page HERE or by clicking the donate button below.
  2. Donate $15 or $20 using the PayPal donation form. ($15 donation = $25 gift card. $20 donation = $50 gift card). Make sure to use an e-mail address that you can be reached at. 
  3. After we receive your donation we will e-mail you a thank you letter, asking for your mailing address.
  4. Once you receive this e-mail, e-mail us back at SlutWalkTampa@gmail.com with your mailing address.
  5. After we receive your mailing address we will send you your restaurant.com gift card in the mail. (Please allow 7-14 days for delivery)
It’s that easy! And there’s no limit to how many times you can donate to receive restaurant.com gift cards! So – donate $20 twice and receive TWO $50 restaurant.com gift cards! Click the donate button below to get started! Once we receive your donation we will contact you for your mailing address so we can get your gift card in the mail ASAP!

My Dress Is NOT A Yes !

This is my response to the article Mr Loophole provokes outrage after claiming women who dress provocatively ‘victimise men’, by Lucy Collins.

Celebrity Lawyer, Nick Freeman said girls who wear ‘racy’ underwear and skimpy tops made it clear they had one thing on their minds: sex.

“The 54-year-old, whose clients have included David Beckham, said women who insisted they dressed this way for themselves and not the opposite sex were liars and urged them to ‘take more responsibility’.

Share this video with everyone you know, let’s make this go viral and spread the word!

Rape: Not a Casual Word

Words are powerful. Words evoke emotion. They take you to a time or place, they jog your memory, they bring back sights, smells, tastes. What if a word that brought back a bad memory, a traumatic experience, was tossed around casually? What if nearly everywhere you went, you heard this word? And you just couldn’t escape it. The word I am referring to is rape. The word “rape” is misused in our society, de-sensitized. The effects of this word being casually thrown around has an effect on rape victims and survivors, and I hope that by the time you look up from your computer screen, you will never say the word rape casually again.

Words have a weight that extends far beyond a single conversation.

Maybe you think that the word and the action of rape aren’t so closely related. What difference does it make if we say one thing and mean another? You aren’t actually trying to offend or hurt someone, it’s just a figure of speech, right? Actually, wrong. Intent is important, but what you say is important too, even if — especially if — you don’t say exactly what you mean…

No one rapes your internet connection, or rapes you in a debate. No one rapes your email inbox with spam, or your Facebook with notifications. A guy or girl at a club doesn’t rape you with their eyes. You are not raped when someone gives you a hug. No one rapes you when you lose a basketball game, and you are certainly not raped by the competition when you lose the school talent show. Despite this, the word is said everyday. “Bro that final totally ass-raped me!” “Do you see them dancing? He is totally raping her.” “Someone buy me a drink, I just raped that job interview!” You are probably in denial that people really talk like this, but take a minute to think about how often you hear stuff like this in your day to day life. Think about how often you say sentences just like that.

And maybe you use the word like that, in a casual sense, and don’t understand why that’s bad. You could say rape, nigger, faggot, retard — you don’t mean anything bad by it, you’re not trying to personally attack an individual. Art, music, law, language – they all evolve. You think that saying rape casually does not legitimize, condone, or trivialize the word. The word has simply changed to become a synonym of the gamer term “own.” And if someone told you they were a rape survivor, you wouldn’t say it around them anymore.

But all of that only hinders and harms the situation.  If rape is used as a positive term, such as “I just raped that test!” it will become natural for you to think of rape in a positive way.  Think this is silly? Refer to cognitive dissonance, something discovered by psychologist Leon Festinger. According to Festinger, cognitive dissonance is where your words and your actions contradict what you are thinking, and so your attitudes and thinking change to match your actions. Even if you originally think rape is bad, because you are using it to mean a good thing, your attitudes will change, if only slightly. Using the word casually also contributes to the culture of oppression, causing rape victims to be marginalized even more than they already are.

Obviously, no one would make rape jokes to an individual who they knew was raped on purpose: but so many rape victims do not talk about what happened to them publicly, and people tend to underestimate the likelihood that they know someone who has been raped. The truth is however – according to the United States Department of Justice – that one in four college women are rape survivors, and only five percent of rapes are ever reported, making rape the most underreported crime in the United States. Victims of rape are your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors.

A victim of rape is talking to you, now.

This past fall, I was the victim of sexual assault.  Before this incident, hearing the word rape used out of context never phased me. No, I never said it myself, but hearing it said by others didn’t impact me emotionally. However since my experience, hearing the word      said casually evokes sadness, anxiety and brings back memories I’d rather forget. I can be with friends, and one of them will slip and say the word – I know they aren’t be purposeful or trying to hurt me – but that doesn’t change what is said. I suppressed the memory and pushed it aside, figuring that it would be done and over with. When I would hear the word relatively soon after it happened, I just brushed it off and went on with my day. Now however, months after the assault, the issue has resurfaced for me. I’ve yet to speak with a psychiatrist face to face, but it is believed that I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and a mild form of depression which leads me to self-inflict pain and and self-induce vomiting. I am on the road to recovery, no need to worry – or else I wouldn’t be standing here discussing this with you today, however I can honestly say that there are still nights where the urge to cut myself or stick a toothbrush down my throat is very strong. Hearing the word out of context, and so often triggers anxiety and these urges. Each time I hear it said, flashbacks spin through my brain. Images of waking up in my clothes from the night before, spending all day bouncing between hospitals and clinics getting tests, having to repeat everything I remembered a dozen times to a dozen different professionals, having to call my parents and tell them what happened, throwing up for three days afterwards I was such a mess. All of this and more… it all rushes to me when I hear you say “I just raped that test.”

The word rape itself originates from the Latin verb rapere: to seize or take away. When you say the word, you are taking away a victims ability to put the past behind them, to move on. There are 787,000 people raped annually in America, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey – 787,000 people fighting to move on. Don’t be the reason that even a single person out of all the victims out there is being tormented by the ghosts of their past.  Be the voice instead that tells a passerby to not say rape in a casual manner, and watch a rape survivor breathe a sigh of relief and smile.

Teagan Laurel Alexander

Help Us Get Started!

In order to file the permits we need to hold a walk we need to pay the permit fees. We also need to buy the paper to print flyers and other such promotional materials for the walk. As we get further along there will be other expenses involved with event and as much as we’d love to pay for all of this out of our pockets – we just don’t have that kind of money and none of us have won the lottery lately! If you are in a position to help us out with the expenses please do so by donating to SlutWalk Tampa through our PayPal donation link below!

Every penny helps! Even if you can only donate $1!

If you know any company or group that would be interested in donating or supporting us in anyway please feel free to jump on board and help us get them to be one of SlutWalk Tampa’s allies! Email us at SlutWalkTampa@gmail.com for more information.

**CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO SLUTWALK TAMPA**