yes, that is what i said. i had to read it 2 or 3 times before i believed it too. i was reading one of the panama forums this morning and came across this. it is a march to end violence against women. in spanish it is called “la marcha de las putas”. there was a turnout of 500 people, not huge, but impressive considering the entire country only has 3 million people. here is the link to the original article:

http://www.thepanamanews.com/pn/v_17/issue_11/news_03.html

Panama’s Slut Walk
photos by Kermit Nourse

In Spanish they called it “La Marcha de las Putas,” the Panama edition of a worldwide protest movement against the violence that men inflict on women. Here there were actually a few prostitutes among the 500 or so men and women who turned out on a rainy day to protest — prostitution is legal here and those who work by selling sex have their own special complaints about violence in addition to those of all girls and women. Mostly, however, it was a crowd of women who are neither prostitutes nor saints, who don’t want to be blamed if they get beaten or raped. It’s not that the victims dress like whores or fail to give their attackers due respector any of the other excuses. It’s that certain men use violence to control women, and that’s a form of slavery that both women and men marched to end.

the coverage is a little sad, but it is encouraging that this kind of a thing happens here. it should happen everywhere. there should be no violence. against women, men, children or animals. we claim to be so evolved, but violence is something that we should be able to live without if we are the “advanced” society we claim to be.