Truly accessible and equitable sexual assault services must be deeply rooted in Cultural Humility—and it should be seen as just as critical a soft skill as the others in our field.
Although a $10 billion industry of self-care has been created over the past few years, these activities in and of themselves are not radical self-care. And in order for us to really sustain ourselves, we have to be radical about it.
With each incident of mass violence, it becomes more evident that gender-based violence, abuse, oppression and bigotry are inextricably tied. Efforts to prevent these heinous acts require a larger societal commitment to end abuse and oppression in all its forms, particularly at the intersections.
Like many children of immigrants, there is a seed planted deep within me that sprouts hesitation when it comes to fully claiming to be an American. Watching the President tell “the squad” to “go back to their countries” reminded me why.
Then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan wasn’t interested in chastising Linda Taylor for her criminal history. Instead, he leveraged her illegal collection of thousands of dollars worth of food stamps, social security benefits and veteran benefits to call for the discontinuation of social safety net programs many need to survive.
“Being the daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz is a gift for which I am forever grateful.”
You dissociate. You give your body over to your survival instinct and you tuck every other part of your being into a place that can’t be touched. This happens no matter who you are, whom you know, how much money you have—but when it’s over, poor women find ourselves not only less able to retaliate, but also less able to recover.
The women of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society harnessed public space in revolutionary ways—and brought radical inclusivity to their movement.
Can we do better than our foremothers? As we prepare to celebrate the centennial of the woman suffrage amendment, we have the opportunity to create a truth and reconciliation process, acknowledging that while the suffragists may have partially won the battle for the vote, they lost the war for injustice.
After actor Evan Rachel Wood shared on Twitter that she was a survivor of intimate partner violence that eventually led to self-harm, others began telling their own truths—building an avalanche of testimony about violence that builds on the explosion of #MeToo and expands it into critical spaces.