Slutwalk Hobart 2012 was a great success with over 300 people attending. We attribute the increased interest is due to recent terrible events such as what happened to Jill Meagher in the media and increasing knowledge about the event and what it stands for.
All of the speakers were fantastic but most notable was Kelly Tall, who gave a very personal speech from the perspective of a survivor of sexual assault who reduced many in the crowd to tears.
“It’s been 17 months now since this crime took place. Everyone else has forgotten all about it by now. I haven’t. There isn’t a single day however that I don’t struggle with anxiety, depressive symptoms, constant pain in my shoulder, or the huge amount of unprocessed anger I feel coursing through my veins at a system, a community, and a culture that has left me feeling like I just didn’t matter. I barely even made a blip on their radar.
“I like so many other victim/survivors of rape, sexual assault and violence, feel constantly overwhelmed by it all. I feel that like that man, and the other’s before him, have stolen something from me. They have stolen my right to be all that I could have been, before they came along and left me just a damaged soul, a shadow of the person I could have been. I’m not half the parent I used to be, I’m not half the friend I used to be, I struggle daily with trust issues, and suffer terrible immobilising anxiety that leaves me struggling just to walk out the door to pick up my own child from school, the insomnia, sleeplessness often for days at a time…and the terrible flashbacks that are like fully “reliving the moment” over and over when I do finally fall asleep – if I don’t just have them while I’m still wide awake!”
We think we really achieved our goal of supporting those affected by sexual assault, and got a lot of exposure for our fight against all sexual assaults without exception.