On this episode, we tackle the culture of unbelieving surrounding cases of sexual assault. First, we discuss the origins of the #MeToo movement. Then we speak with Debra Tomlinson, the CEO of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), about improving responder education with the #IBelieveYou movement, and the importance of believing survivors of sexual assault.
On BDSM and abuse – how they are not the same thing but do, of course, at times cross paths. The author, in response to a comment, said this:
I really really really want to feel sure that as BDSM becomes more destigmatized — a process that appears to be happening independent of me and other feminist BDSM writers — that its communication/consent techniques are popularized as well. I want people who engage in these relationships to be understood, but I also really really really don’t want BDSM to be used as a shield to cover abusers.
By and large, in the wake of the tragedy in Norway the mainstream media has ignored the fact that a married lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers.
The tie between mental illness and sexual violence is strong in survivors. This is one way of many which sexual violence is terrible for your health (I wouldn’t be surprised if physical illness what also connected).