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They brought their signs and their voices Sunday to the Park Blocks in downtown Portland, calling for change to the rape culture in the United States.

They brought their signs and their voices Sunday to the Park Blocks in downtown Portland, calling for change to the rape culture in the United States.

PORTLAND, Ore. – They brought their signs and their voices Sunday to the Park Blocks in downtown Portland, calling for change to the rape culture in the United States.

Several hundred people rallied and marched in Portland’s annual “Slutwalk,” KPTV reported.

Sunday’s march comes on the heels of a high-profile sexual assault case. A former Stanford University swimmer served just three months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. His case has ignited a debate over the so-called rape culture in the United States.

Those who gathered in Portland were there to call for an end to body shaming and victim blaming among other things.

“We know that there have been millions of people who have been sexually assaulted in the United States,” said Slutwalk organizer Elle Stanger. “I think we really need to begin our discussions around consent and bodily autonomy early.”

She is one of many calling for change.

“Nobody should be treated a different way because of what they look like, how they live, what they wear,” Stanger said. “Nobody is deserving of assault or victimization.”

Among Sunday’s crowd was Hannah Vogel, who says not enough is being done to put an end to rape and sexual assaults.

“The conversation is great but I would like to see more action and fruition coming from these types of things,” Vogel said. “Listening to the voices of the people who have been sexually assaulted is very important and that presumption of innocence is something that we have lost.”

Following the rally, the group marched through downtown.