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Day 2. The image of rape

What does a rape victim look like? What sort of person is she? Where does she come from? What does she do? Who is she? How did this happen to her? When we think of rape, what do we understand … Continue reading

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Day 1. A Supportive Space

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is also the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence. This year I again plan to blog each day of the campaign, focussing on … Continue reading

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Personal testimony

A week ago I attended the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) for my final hearing. I addressed the court about the impacts of sexual assault on my life, about what it is like to be made a victim of rape and … Continue reading

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A few things worth knowing (Or, a few ways to help a survivor of sexual assault)

Responding to a disclosure of sexual assault can be a terrifying prospect. Just as for the victim/survivor herself, the supporter who hears the testimony of sexual assault can experience overwhelming emotions of shock, horror, disbelief, grief, anger, fear and distress. … Continue reading

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To those who support us, I say THANK YOU

Supporting a survivor of sexual assault is no easy task. I can’t really know what it’s like, on the other side. The loving family member or friend who is restricted to the periphery as their loved one implodes, explodes and … Continue reading

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Strike back

I want to strike back. I want to gather my fear, my loss, my distress and my suffering – that whole great tangle of emotion and experience – into one big, dark, monstrous cloud and then unleash it as a … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as an empowered slut?

Can the word ‘slut’ be redeemed? Or is it too loaded, too ensnared within millennia of misogyny and sexism, to be clawed back, reclaimed as a symbol of woman power, of sexual freedom and the right to be who you … Continue reading

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