It’s long-past time for white people (myself included) to start being proactively anti-racist. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s difficult to know where to start, but that is not an excuse to remain silent.
I’ve written often about my experience of sexual violence, but I don’t often go into a lot of detail. This week, I decided that needed to change. I know the source of so much pain has been not having another survivor sharing a story like mine and I don’t want other survivors to feel as alone as I did.
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As part of my usual morning routine, I sat in front of the TV this morning and turned on BBC Breakfast while drying my hair. I was confronted by something slightly different – Dan Walker was absent, and Louise Minchin was accompanied by Steph McGovern. Aha! I thought, an all-female sofa – must be 6th February.
It’s a sad kind of wonderful sisterhood to speak to someone like you. I discovered that I can tell you my story, safe in the knowledge that you understand the small parts.
This isn’t news to you as it’s something I’ve written about before (here, here and here) but in the midst of the latest social media movement #MeToo I find myself writing about it again. This is about sexual violence and frankly is a bit of a rant, so feel free not to read on if either of those things bother you.
This morning the Court of Appeal ruled against Rebecca Steinfeld & Charles’ Keidan‘s attempt to overturn the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships – but why does this matter?
Say it with me – HOW IS IT ALREADY FEBRUARY?!
Today, three months into a six month sentence, Brock Turner walked out of prison. Like many others, this rapist’s woefully short sentence was halved for ‘good behaviour’ in what cannot be interpreted as anything other than a slap in the face to his victim and to survivors across the world. TW: Rape and sexual assault.
HAPPY SUMMER! Or not. Because today is officially shite. Firstly, it is raining on an almost biblical scale. Secondly, we’re emerging from a double whammy of hate, following last week’s horrific assault on the LGBTQIA community in Orlando, and the senseless murder of Jo Cox. Finally, I’m quite convinced that we’re approximately three days from a xenophobia-fuelled self-imposed exile from the EU. Needless to say, I am not full of the joy of Summer.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” Virginia Woolf