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Read The Powerful Stories Of Women Inspired By Amber Rose's SlutWalk

Rose's fight is inspiring others to speak up.

Los Angeles -- Amber Rose is making a statement. No. Scratch that. Amber Rose is making several statements.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the model/actress' SlutWalk in DTLA acted as a platform for her statements on sexism and shaming. There was even a sign that read "F--k Yo 30 Showers," a reference to Kanye West, who claimed Kim Kardashian made him take 30 showers before they got together due to his past relationship with Rose. But there was more to this SlutWalk.

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Beyond being a personal stage for Muva Rose's fight against public shaming, the event also gave a voice to hundreds of people in attendance who've been combating humiliation and oppression in various ways.

I spoke with some of those in attendance about how Rose's efforts inspired them. "I think she's one of the greatest feminists ever," Celeste Reyes, a fan whose story you'll read more about later, told MTV News. "It's amazing that she's leading this."

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Whether you agree with that proclamation or not, it's hard to argue with the overwhelming impact Rose had on attendees who felt empowered for various reasons.

The women I spoke to, for instance, shared stories dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, harassment, domestic violence and sexual abuse. And they were open about the plights because, as they explained, they felt a sense of comfort at an event where they were encouraged to speak up and against issues that many face daily whether it's in the spotlight, like Rose, or in private.

For more information and vital facts about gender-based violence, including dating violence, head over to Look Different.

Here are their stories:

  • Celeste Reyes
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    I want to be here to represent all women who feel empowered. This is a good time to empower women in every way: gender equality, no more slut shaming. As a woman, I feel very strong in my own skin. I feel like everyone should, regardless of the way that they look in gender or race.

    I've been in a low place. I've seen what your own mind could do to you. Now, that I'm out of that state of mind and empowered, I'm volunteering to encourage others to do the same.

    As a woman, you always feel like there's eyes on you. It doesn't have to be slut shaming. But, at a very young age, I suffered from depression and I was suicidal for mostly all of my adult life. Now that I feel like I'm healthy, I want to embrace everything around me that will make me and everyone around me to be powerful.

  • Andrea Rosales
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    I used to be a slut shamer. I used to be like, 'That girl's dressed like a slut.' But as I got older, I matured. I realized that dressing like a 'slut' doesn't mean you're a slut. Once I moved out on my own and I was like, 'I feel like wearing this,' my aunts, my tias, would be like, 'Are you going out like that?' I was like, 'Yeah.' Now that I'm older, I realize that it's really just clothes.

    Now, whenever I'm at a club, I get groped for no reason. And when I was a little girl, I was also molested as a child so I feel it's really important for me to stand up for women's rights.

  • Shay Watson
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    I decided to come down for the SlutWalk because it supports a good cause, it’s standing up for women all over and taking back what slut actually means.

    The cause is letting women and girls know that it’s not their fault for anything that happens to them. If they’re raped, it’s not because of their clothes. They can express themselves freely without being harassed.

    I had a friend who went through a rape case. The guy actually told her, ‘You were dressed like that, so…' She didn’t want to come so I felt I had to come to support the cause for her.

  • Anny Martinez
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    It was worth coming because I feel this is something really important for women. Amber Rose got a lot of crap for making this event, but it's a women's event. It's for women's rights.

    I'm a domestic violence survivor -- two times. I finally decided to stand up and say no. This is really awesome because it helps. It helps bring awareness to other women who might be in the same situation.

    If you're in that situation, go to someone, anyone. Get help. Don't stop until you get help. Go to the cops. Go to court. You'll be fine. People are afraid to death, but go to someone.

  • Shirley Silva
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    Girls inspired me to be here. The girls who don't have confidence yet, the ones who are being shamed. There's nothing to build a girl's confidence.

    As a woman, every girl has experienced slut shaming. Every girl has experienced that. On the Internet, I experience that all the time.

    I think it's awesome that Amber Rose put this event together after a tough year. I'm really proud of her.

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If you or anyone you know is dealing with depression and/or considering suicide, it’s extremely important to tell a parent, teacher or counselor, or call (800) 273-TALK and visit HalfofUs.com.


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