Hackney feminists to join SlutWalk protest

Hackney feminists will be among the 6000 women expected to take part in SlutWalk London on Saturday.

The event is part of a global protest in response to comments by a Canadian policeman who advised women to “avoid dressing like sluts” in order to deter rapists.

Hackney Downs accountant Vicky Simister, 26, founded feminist group Anti Street Harassment (ASH) last year and intends to join the march, which starts at 1pm in Trafalgar Square.

She said: “We’re sick of the authorities telling women what to do to avoid rape as if it’s their fault – it’s never their fault and it’s about time we take the rapists to task. I want to divert attention away from how women dress and put the attention back on the rapists.”

While some women are expected to wear revealing clothes on the march to assert their right to wear what they choose, Ms Simister said: “I’ve been called a slut in the street when I was wearing jeans, so that’s what I’m going to wear.”

Several ASH supporters will be joining Ms Simister on the SlutWalk. She said: “There’s a lot of activism in Hackney and a lot of community spirit. But on a negative note, there’s a lot of street harassment in Hackney too.”