Rape Culture in Journanilsm and Recommendations For Representing Survivors

By Karen Rain There’s no regaining that special type of innocence peculiar to those of us who grew up trusting institutions to act rationally and in the public interest, trusting that once injustice was seen to be done, it would be remedied.  ~Laurie Penny The journalists, they thanked me for my courage, but what they …

Silence, Writing, SHOUTING

By Bethany Sharp Lying on the long grass in the parkland of Severndroog Folly in Shooters Hill, I spoke on the phone to a strange woman about the events of childhood sexual abuse. I didn’t want to take the call at my house-share in case anyone overheard; I trusted that the wind wouldn’t carry much …

Sex work. And Surviving.  

By Ems  When you have been treated from a painfully young age into adulthood, as an object  in existence for men’s pleasure and enjoyment (nonconsensually), people do not realise how the lessons you internalise from this stay with you. Always.  Yes, you can heal. You can identify the mistruths. You can rewire and re-write your …

Blueberry Muffins

By Naroa Hammerson I allowed myself to fully grieve when I realised that I do not want my rapist to go to prison. When I tell people this, they often look at me like I’m naïve. This pisses me off for tworeasons. Firstly, it is my rape we are talking about. Other people’s opinions of my livedexperience are …

Recovery shouldn’t be a luxury: Hidden classism in the well-being world

By Bryony Jade Ball, co-founder of SLEEC First Published in Issue 5 of “Lumpen: A Journal for Poor and Working Class Writers” As survivors of rape and sexual violence from working-class backgrounds, support for our trauma recovery was limited. Access to resources to help healing was minimal and any financial support, including applying for incapacity/disability …

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We are not a charity.

We are not a charity. We refuse to fit into a pre-existing structure because we see many problems with all NGO and charity organisational structures.We have decided to be an AEP (an anti establishment project). We want to create a completely new way of organising based on humanity and unlearning.We don’t have policies, codes of …

Let’s be good to each other, great to each other, support each other, validate each other and respect each other. Solidarity with all survivors and folks who have experienced sexual assault or abuse of any kind. Sending LOVE! ✊✊✊💛💛💛 #supportsurvivors