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SlutWalk held in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Some wore bikinis. Others were in their underwear. Many had word "slut" written across their shirts and their bodies.

They marched through downtown Portland on Sunday afternoon on a SlutWalk to demonstrate against the blaming of victims of sexual assaults.

"We don't want the current rape culture to continue," said Sophia St. James, one of the event's organizers. "The current victim blaming, the victim shaming needs to end. It's not about what someone's doing or where they're at when an assault occurs. It's basically, just, it shouldn't happen, period."

SlutWalks have become an international movement, with more than 30 marches held in Canada and the United States and dozens more planned later this year.

The first, held in Toronto, was spurred by a Toronto police officer telling a group of college students to protect themselves from sexual assaults by not dressing provocatively.

Organizers of the Portland event also wanted to raise awareness that females are not the only victims of rape and sexual assaults.

"Most of the time when you heard about assault and rape, it's about women," said St. James.  "Men, transgendered, homosexual individuals also experience this, but it's not so much heard about because of fear."

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