Slutwalk Switzerland's Facebook page said 500 people attended the rally in downtown Geneva, while the Swiss news agency ATS reported "nearly 200" demonstrators took part in the Saturday rally a year after the first Swiss event was held.
Their signs denounced male "machismo" culture and demanded that police and officials stop blaming the victims of rape -- the first Slutwalk was held two years ago in Toronto, prompted by comments from a police inspector who urged women to stop "dressing like sluts" if they didn't want to be harassed.
Among the signs carried by demonstrators were messages such as "Nothing justifies rape," "When a woman says 'no,' it is not 'yes'", "Macho, you're screwed," and "Street harassment is not a compliment," ATS reported.
Slutwalk Switzerland invited the demonstrators to dress as they wished, noting that the majority of women who are raped are not dressed provocatively, and that even if they were, "nothing ever justifies rape."
"This afternoon, more than 500 'sluts' marched with placards and sexy outfits in the streets of Geneva to denounce sexual violence," the group's Facebook page said. "Their slogan was, 'Do not tell us how to behave, tell them not to violate us,' and their purpose: Understanding that no matter how we dressed, we are human."
The group said that at the end of the event, protesters were asked to complete a questionnaire about any sexual assaults or harassment they had experienced.
Slutwalk said it received 127 responses which indicated that 83 percent of respondents had experienced street harassment, 54 percent claimed to have been molested, 30 percent had been raped and 25 percent had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Some 21 percent said they had been victims of homophobia from people known or unknown.
Some of the demonstrators wore fishnet stockings and high heels, corsets and lipstick to bring home their message, while others were dressed more conservatively, but all they shared the idea that in a sexual assault, the only culprit is the aggressor, the Swiss daily 24 Heures reported.
"People who look very civilized sometimes say, 'Did you see how she dresses?' to explain why a girl provokes whistling or is attacked in the street," 24-year-old Chloe told the newspaper. "This is not normal.
"This is the only crime where the victim is blamed. If someone is stealing a Rolex, we don't say it's the victim's fault and he did not have to be rich."
The first Geneva Slutwalk held last year was the subject of a political battle with city officials who objected to the use of the words "slut" and "whore" in placards and demanded that each sign be pre-approved to keep offensive language out of public gathering places, the Geneva daily Le Courrier reported.
But the marchers went ahead and no punishments were forthcoming after Geneva Mayor Remy Pagani distanced himself from the requirement, the newspaper said.
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