Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday for the third annual SlutWalk.
The first event in Chicago was organized in 2011 as a hat tip to the flagship SlutWalk, which launched in Toronto after a police officer from that city made international headlines when he said "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."
In an interview with DNAinfo Chicago ahead of Saturday's protest, organizer Vera Kim Mikrut said the event aims to "help [victims] find a voice and show that rape culture is a real thing." The march is part of a still-growing international movement that counters myths and stereotypes associated with sexual assault.
Given the controversy surrounding the message broadcast by the summer's biggest hit -- Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" -- the 2013 event couldn't have felt more timely, a fact not lost by at least one attendee.