Amber Rose’s Third Annual SlutWalk | How To Continue the Conversation After the Event.

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On Sunday, October 1st, I got the opportunity to cover the Third Annual Amber Rose SlutWalk in Downtown Los Angeles. A movement started by Amber Rose to fight against sexual injustice, victim blaming, derogatory labeling, rape culture, body shaming and gender inequality. 

It was great to see so over 16,000+ people of different racial backgrounds and gender identities come together to speak out against a cause that has been pushed aside time and time again. Also great to see that protesters are still reminding us that Black Lives Still Matter.  

P.S.: Thank you for being one of few event to provide water for event goers. 

From Black Chyna & Kehlani to Big Boi & Lisa Bloom, celebrities spoke out about these injustices and gave their support to Amber’s non-profit. The day was full of flashy fashion, colorful signs, music and laughter. My favorite part of it all being the double dutch circle in the middle of Persian square started by 2 guys from Chicago. It was a moment you had to be there to experience.  

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But don’t get caught up by the celebrities and risks outfit. This event is about more than headlines. It is about starting a conversation. Now that the walk has ended and we are back to our everyday lives, there are still ways to empower yourself and the women around you.

Here are 6 of my personal suggestions in ading in the fight for women empowerment. (Dear Slut Walk organizers, feel free to use some of these suggestions to get event goers more involved next year.

  • Protect Yourself. Have free condoms available at the event
    • If you are sexually active condoms are often available, for free, at Planned Parenthood health centers, your local health department, college health centers, your doctor’s office, etc. If you are looking for other preventive measures, speak to a trusted health professional or check the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals website to research which method is right for you. Click Here.  
  • Get Tested. Have STD, STI and AIDS screenings available. 
    • Don’t wait! Check out the American Sexual Health Association website and find a place near you to get tested.
  • Survive. 
    • Have a panel where surviors of sexual abuse, ex- strippers, sex workers, etc., speak about their ups and downs. Women learning from other women is beautiful. Remember you are not alone. 
  • Learn. Educated yourself on Ovarian and Breast Cancer. 
    • Currently, Ovarian Cancer is being found in 1 out of ever 75 women.  Breast Cancer is being found in 1 out of every 8 women. Your health is important.  Click Here to go to a detailed breakdown on what to look for to protect yourself. 
    • Be Active. Become more active in the the law making process. 
      • You don’t have to be a congress member or a judicial official to make your voice heard. Vote for local and state representatives. Sign petitions. There are countless things you can do to make the world a better place. Click Here to learn how to get more involved. 
    • Speak Up! Everyone needs someone to talk to. Family, Friends, Consolers, Hotlines. Speak Up. Tell Someone. Here are a few hotlines: 
      • Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433 
      • Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 
      • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
      • American Sexual Health Association: 919-361-8488
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I hope my little list helps someone. I hope you like the photos also. Until next time. 

- Asha Moné