SlutWalk Seattle 2013
Meet at Occidental Park on August 25th. We start marching at 12:00 pm along 4th Avenue to Westlake Center where we will end with our Annual Rally.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Pre-funk with us! Create signs, connect with others, mingle with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, buy raffle tickets, and more!
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - March along 4th avenue to Westlake Center. Be loud, be proud! Why? BECAUSE, WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! Let it be known that the end of sexual violence is why we’re here.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Rally at Westlake Center with speakers, the consent booth, and the raffle drawing.
A long-time social justice advocate in the LGBTQ, immigrant, economic justice and gender justice movements in Seattle since 1995. She currently works at Seattle Counseling Service, the only LGBTQ mental health and addiction services clinic in Washington State, as well as Washington Community Action Network, a statewide organization with 40,000 members advocating for affordable health care, economic justice and immigrant rights. Debbie is also the Director of LGBTQ Allyship, a social and economic justice organization in the Pacific Northwest advocating for affordable health care, economic justice and homeless youth issue in the LGBTQ community through legislative advocacy, research, community organizing, education and coalition-building.
Debbie is also a performing artist and DIY filmmaker in the LGBTQ community. She was a founding member of the multi-sized femme troupe called The Queen Bees in the early 2000’s and is the founder of the Producer’s Collective, a queer production company producing shows with a social justice bent. And last but not least she is a proud working class femme!
April spent her early twenties studying jazz music, reading , writing, and sparking discussions with people from all walks of life as she traveled around the U.S. Born a Southerner, raised a Mid-Westerner, she finally found her home in Seattle. Discussing sexuality and encouraging a sex-positive culture is her passion. After she experienced sexual assault 3 years ago, it became her cause. She pursues this with her blog ModernSexCulture.wordpress.com and her radio show, found at BlogTalkRadio.com/ModernSexCulture.
Sera Tucker considers herself to be an advocate for the young adult outcast. After a classmate sexually assaulted her, she was labeled the “school slut” as it was rumored that the act was consensual. Even though she had the courage to seek help the school security officer criticized her wardrobe and went as far as to pity the rapist for her “spiteful” attitude. Her firsthand experience dealing with the impacts of victim-blaming and slut-shaming fuel her desire to reeducate herself and her peers. She’s passionate about changing the culture of school campuses to one that promotes sexual equality and does not condone the isolation of rape survivors. So far she’s led the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and performed an extensive research project detailing body image, which worked to empower women on campus and educate her fellow classmates. Sera hopes that sharing her story will raise awareness about the prevalence of victim-blaming and slut-shaming on school campuses.
At the age of 22, Gabe, who is Deaf, was raped at gunpoint by 3 men. This left him confused, hurt, ashamed and angry until he finally found the courage to speak out as a survivor. His story was first shared publicly through The Voices and Faces Project and that led to a cover story “Male Rape Victim Speaks Out” in the Red Eye, a local Chicago Paper. Since then, he has made it his lifelong goal to ensure that no other male ever feels the way he did, and to bring awareness to sexual violence and victimization against males of all ages.
Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs from Northern Illinois University. Gabe’s career, until his involvement with sexual violence awareness was primarily within student affairs at the university level, including Northern Illinois University where as a graduate student and working for the university, he had help establish a student organization called MASIV “Men Against Sexual Interpersonal Violence.”
Coming from experience with the student organization at NIU and his interest in further research in sexual violence, dating violence, bullying and masculinity, he then became involved as the Male Empowerment Director with PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment). Gabe focus was on bridging the gap in empowering male survivors, and on creating alliances for male survivors. This focus has led to The Guys Project, a grassroots nonprofit movement that strongly believes in creating a united front in breaking down the social stigma of victimization through the creation of an innovative movement of male survivors and allies working together to overcome perceived threats to masculinity. The Guys Project encourages more men to get involved in ending sexual abuse/violence towards women and children but also supporting the community of male survivors in a one of a kind project called, “Hey Man, I Got Your back.”
Gabe has been honored with the opportunity to share his story and create empowerment at many universities, including Arizona State, Northern Illinois University, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Gallaudet University as well as the Army and Air Force. He also has been an active participant as a speaker at Take Back The Night and Sexual Assault Awareness Month events in various communities. Gabe strongly believes that every survivor should be recognized and supported regardless of their race, religion, creed, disability, sexual preference and most of all gender since giving survivors their own identity back is a powerful form of empowerment.
In addition to his work with The Guys Project, Gabe also work for the abused Deaf women’s advocacy services (ADWAS) as their Men’s Engagement Coordinator focused on engaging men in the community to become social justice allies to ending violence against women. He also serves as Co-President of the Justice for Deaf Victims National Coalition (JDVNC).