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Day 13. Be safe, make safe, stay safe

Safe sex needn’t just refer to STIs or unplanned pregnancy and the need to protect ourselves from unexpected consequences. Safe sex is about more than our physical health. Safe sex is equally about our emotional well-being, our mental health and … Continue reading

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Day 11. Give Respect

Aretha Franklin was onto something when she sang, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.” We don’t tend to conceptualise it that way, but respect is always personal. What it means to me, what it feels like to me, … Continue reading

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The Work of Recovery

After the assault, I took a month’s annual leave. Ostensibly this was time to ‘recover’, to rest and recuperate. A necessary break from the stress and demands of ordinary life in order to focus my energy on surviving what had … Continue reading

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10 Reasons We All Need to Care About Preventing Sexual Violence

Perhaps you think sexual assault is an individual problem? One that affects the victim, and those close to her and, of course, the police and the Office of Public Prosecutions but, beyond that? Why should anyone else care? Why is … Continue reading

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Where to from here?

I have asked myself this question many times since December 10, ostensibly the final day of this blog. In many ways, 16 days gave me ample room to explore the impacts and effects of sexual assault, to develop and reflect … Continue reading

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Day 12. RESPECT

I expect to be disrespected. Far too often I find myself, breath bated, response mechanisms on alert, just waiting for the person I’m talking to to suddenly lash out at me. I expect them to hurt me. It feels like … Continue reading

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