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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: A Wear Your Voice Reading List

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: A Wear Your Voice Reading List

Wear Your Voice curated a list of the many pieces we published over the past few years which are fitting reads for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Content Note: discussions of sexual violence, including r/pe, abuse of minors, coercion, and stealthing 

Survivors of sexual violence need space to be able to talk about and work through their experiences, safely and without judgment or shame. Wear Your Voice is proud and honored to be able to offer this space to queer, trans, and non-binary writers of color. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to highlight the work that activists and writers do towards helping to create a world that better understands the power dynamics that lead to the violation of consent. This month-long observance is part of a movement to end sexual violence by raising awareness around it, as well as honoring the experiences of survivors and recognizing their need for healing, catharsis, validation, and solidarity.  

We have curated a list of the many pieces we have published over the past few years which are fitting reads for SAAM—whether you are a survivor seeking affirmation and community or you are someone who wants to learn more about how to better advocate and hold space for survivors. This list includes works that explore the pervasiveness of rape culture and the normalized forms of sexual violation that many of us have experienced but may not have had the understanding to name them as violences. Some of the essays dig into the utility of sex, the language we often use to talk about it, and how this language—along with gendered beliefs about sex—can contribute to a culture that disregards consent and safety. Some address the #MeToo Movement, its potential and its failures. But there are also those which provide resources and offer stories about healing.

If you have experienced sexual assault or sex-based violence and you need help (especially if you are in an unsafe situation or environment under quarantine), you can call RAINN’s Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673). This safe, confidential service will connect you with a trained sexual assault service provider in your region.

Healing

6 ESSENTIAL RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT by Katie Mitchell 

THE CASE FOR NEW EROTIC LANGUAGE by Dalychia Saah

SEX SHOULD NOT BE PAINFUL: THE STIGMA OF VAGINISMUS by AT

CANNABIS AND PTSD: HOLISTIC HEALING FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE by Ashley Keenan

FOR SOME SURVIVORS, PHONE SEX CAN BE A PATH TO HEALING by Bry Reed 

SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY by Lara Witt 

DECOLONIZING MY PUSSY: MOVING THROUGH BODY SHAME, GENDER DYSPHORIA, AND SEXUAL ABUSE by Hunter Shackelford 

ANTI-RAPE ACTIVISTS ARE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE by Cameron Glover

MY VOW OF CELIBACY HELPED ME FIND SEXUAL LIBERATION by Sherronda J. Brown

I AM TIRED OF OVERCOMING TRAUMA: DOES HEALING EXIST FOR QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR? by Lara Witt

THE RITUAL OF TAKING NUDE PHOTOS FOR MYSELF HELPED ME RECLAIM MY BODY by Chaney Williams

FAT BLACK WOMEN DESERVE FULFILLING, ENJOYABLE SEX WITHOUT COMPROMISE by Ashleigh Nicole Tribble

NAVIGATING DESIRE IN THE WAKE OF #METOO by Cameron Glover

ROMANCE NOVELS TO READ DURING THE AGE OF #METOO by Michelle Carroll

MIRROR MEMOIRS TO HOST HISTORIC GATHERING OF LGBTQ CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS by Wear Your Voice

Rape Culture and Understanding Sexual Assault 

WHEN SEXUAL BOUNDARIES ARE IGNORED BECAUSE MEN ENJOY OUR PAIN by Sherronda J. Brown 

4 THINGS PEOPLE DO THAT HARM SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE by Gloria Oladipo

DISHONOR ROLL: CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS BEGIN BEFORE COLLEGE by Sherronda J. Brown 

HOW MYTHS AND FALSE ASSUMPTIONS ARE STILL MAKING SEXUAL ASSAULT HARD TO REPORT by Jonita Davis 

WHEN “NO” ISN’T ENOUGH AND SEXUAL BOUNDARIES ARE IGNORED by Sherronda J. Brown 

STOP USING SEXUAL ADDICTION TO COVER UP ABUSE by Princess Harmony 

THERE IS A REAL #HIMTOO, AND IT ISN’T ABOUT FALSE RAPE ACCUSATIONS. by Lara Witt 

STEALTHING NEGATES CONSENT AND IS RAPE by Aaminah Shakur

I STAYED SILENT BECAUSE BLACK GIRLS AND WOMEN LIKE ME AREN’T LISTENED TO by Katie Mitchell

COMMITTING HARM IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING ABUSIVE by Da’Shaun Harrison

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN SOCIAL JUSTICE LANGUAGE IS WEAPONIZED IN THE SERVICE OF OUR OPPRESSORS? by Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda 

LIBERALISM DEMANDS THAT VICTIMS VOTE FOR MORE RAPE CULTURE by Da’Shaun Harrison

WHY I’M DONE TRYING TO GET YOU TO HELP FIGHT RAPE CULTURE by Lara Witt

IS IT RAPE WHEN YOUR PARTNER REMOVES THE CONDOM WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT? by Roslyn Talusan

INCELS: THE VILE, EXTREMIST COMMUNITY OF MEN WHO (REALLY) HATE WOMEN by Sherronda J. Brown

#CHURCHTOO: SPIRITUAL LEADERS ARE ABUSING THEIR POWER AND ABUSING US by Sherronda J. Brown

TRAUMA, ABUSE, AND BREAKING THE SILENCE: WHY WOMEN OF COLOR CAN’T WAIT by Heather Jones

LGBTQIA+

‘IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S NOT ME’ CENTERS ALLOSEXUAL FEELINGS AND FAILS ASEXUAL PEOPLE by Sherronda J. Brown 

RAPE CULTURE, DL MEN, AND THE CARCERALITY OF THE CLOSET by Da’Shaun Harrison 

POST-RAPE RESOURCES DON’T HELP TRANS WOMEN, BUT THEY COULD by Princess Harmony 

HOW THE COLONIAL HISTORY OF HYPERSEXUALIZATION OBSCURES THE POSSIBILITY OF BLACK ASEXUALITY by Sherronda J. Brown

BETWEEN MY THIGHS IS ALL MINE: A JOURNEY TO ACCEPTING MY ASEXUAL IDENTITY by Janyce Denise Glasper

ME TOO: SURVIVORSHIP IS NEITHER LINEAR NOR BINARY by Bani Amor

5 WAYS TO HELP LGBTQ ABUSE SURVIVORS by Renée Fabian

Restorative Justice and Abolition

SURVIVING RAPE AS A PRISON ABOLITIONIST by Miriam Perez-Putnam

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CAN HEAL COLLEGE COMMUNITIES by Michelle Carroll

THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE I SURVIVED TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF PRISON ABOLITION by Michelle Zacarias

Pop Culture and  #MeToo

HOW METRO GOLDWYN MAYER COVERED UP THE RAPE OF PATRICIA DOUGLAS by Sherronda J. Brown 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, ABUSERS, AND THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Sherronda J. Brown

WHITE WOMEN ARE COMPLICIT IN RAPE CULTURE TOO by Roslyn Talusan

NEW PLAY ABOUT SALLY HEMINGS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON PERPETUATES RAPE CULTURE by Katie Mitchell

JANELLE MONÁE’S “SEX STRIKE” WON’T FIX RAPE CULTURE — OR FEMINISM by Lara Witt

ABUSERS LIKE HARVEY WEINSTEIN DON’T GET TO DECIDE HOW WE REMEMBER THEM by Roslyn Talusan

FOR SURVIVORS, KESHA’S NEW SINGLE IS AN ANTIDOTE AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT by Roslyn Talusan

BOJACK HORSEMAN, #METOO, AND THE MONSTERS WE LOVE by Clarkisha Kent

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE SHOWS HOW TO DISCUSS #METOO IN POP CULTURE by Sherronda J. Brown

REMEMBERING MISTY UPHAM IN THE ERA OF #TIMESUP AND #METOO by Abaki Beck

LENA WAITHE AND THE OBLIGATIONS OF LEADERSHIP by Daniellé Abena Scott-Haughton

DON’T FORGET THAT BLACK WOMXN WORKED TO MAKE R. KELLY FACE CONSEQUENCES by Sherronda J. Brown

‘SURVIVING R. KELLY’ AND THE ABUSERS WHO HIDE BEHIND HIM by Sherronda J. Brown

R. KELLY IS A PREDATOR, BUT HE GETS AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE WE DON’T PROTECT BLACK GIRLS by Suprihmbé

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GRACE AND AZIZ ANSARI, WE NEED TO DISCUSS EMOTIONAL LABOR TOO by Suprihmbé

DEAR RUSSELL SIMMONS: #YESYOU by Da’Shaun Harrison

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