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Nov 16, 2013 11:46 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Protesters organize Slut Walk in Tucson

TUCSON - Dozens of people marched in what they called a Slut Walk Saturday afternoon.

The protesters believe women are being blamed when they are victims of rape.

Leia Hamm brought 2-year-old daughter, Betty May.

"I thought I'd start her early," Hamm said. "She needs to know that she can be strong."

She wants her daughter to make smart decisions, but thinks men get away with sexual assaults too often.

"She shouldn't get drunk at parties because she shouldn't get drunk at parties," Hamm said. "Not because she might get raped."

Only about one third of sexual assault and rape victims tell police, according to the Department of Justice.

Leilani Clark is one of those women who did not want to go through the legal process.

"The person that was affected by this violence is actually placed more on trial than the perpetrator themselves," Clark said. "I knew that if I even filed a report, it probably would have led to nowhere."

She shared her story with a crowded Fluxx Studio and Gallery after the march.

"There is no time where you don't recognize the fact I was violated at some point in my life," Clark said. "And that person may never see justice to this day."

About a quarter of sexual violence victims seek counseling, according to the DOJ.

The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault has a 24-hour crisis line. Their number is 520-327-7273 or 800-400-1001.

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