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Tel Aviv protest over attitudes about rape

April 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 6 (UPI) -- About 400 women and supporters marched in Tel Aviv to protest the perceived tolerance of sexual assaults in Israel, organizers of the march said.

The so-called Tel Aviv Slutwalk Friday chided the notion that women who are raped in Israel are at least partially responsible for their fate because of their public appearance.

"It's about time that people all over the world realized that it's everyone's right to behave, dress and look the way he or she sees fit," protester Alexandra Bozhilov told Ynet.news. "Not according to religious or social norms, or someone else's subjective perception that licenses verbal of physical abuse of others."

The march was inspired by the original "slutwalk" in Toronto two years ago. The idea was born after a police officer said publicly that women who dressed in provocative clothing were asking for trouble.

There was no specific incident to motivate the walk Israel but organizers said a similar culture existed that unfairly laid at least some of the blame for an assault on the victims.

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