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I took my body back

By Noreen Cauley CW rape, sexual violence Hi, this is the first time I’ve ever written publicly about my experiences with childhood sexual abuse, rape, and trauma. I’ve talked about it with people – therapists, friends, family – I even gave a speech at Take Back the Night. I’ve never written about it before though. I’m all about being brave, and if you’re a survivor – I know you are too. Six years ago I started litigation against the man...

My rape was a ‘non-issue’

Anonymous submission CW rape, domestic violence, intimate partner violence It was before shelters for battered women existed or laws to protect rape victims. The attitude was, “What did you do to deserve this?”  These are words said to me by police in the early 1970s.  I had a roof over my head and food to eat, I should be grateful: words also spoken to me by the police.  One would never expect that in the United States a woman still...

Healing through improv with some Fantastic Funny Femmes

By Hillary Di Menna There is a lot of talk around mindfulness in the mental health game. I always wrote it off as an extra chore: meditate, take baths with smelly stuff, eat almonds, and you’re cured! Mindfulness seems like another thing to make me feel guilty after failing doing it right. However, when my best bud told me she and her fellow comedian pals were hosting a day of workshops – including one on mindfulness – I signed up...

“the Ghomeshi trial sparked a worldwide shift in the public consciousness regarding sexual assault……”

By Stephanie Stella   Without a doubt, the Ghomeshi trial sparked a worldwide shift in the public consciousness regarding sexual assault law, and the treatment of complainants on the stand. In the past year alone since March 24, 2016, we’ve seen cases like the one judged by Judge Gregory Lenehan, who demonstrated a profound lack of knowledge of sexual assault law, in his proclaimation that “a drunk can consent.” We saw cases like the one judged by Robin Camp, who...

One year after Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal, I’m keeping the conversation going

by Linda Christina Redgrave photo by Paul Salvatori Photography It’s been a year since I took my final police escorted ride to hear Judge Horkins deliver the verdict for the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Lucy, witness number 3 (still under publication ban) and I gathered in the VWAP room accompanied by lawyers and friends to hear the outcome of this much publicized trial. Although I was never invested in the outcome, the suspense was getting to me and everyone else in...