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Community Accountability from a Survivor’s Perspective

For this episode of the V WORD we recorded live at WRIR’s first Local Voices Live event.  During this event the public got to see live some of their favorite shows/modules. The V Word was honored to be part of this event. Jenn read a piece on community accountability from a community activist who is also a black, queer, immigrant, woman.

Please listen to today’s episode here

Transcript here:

Hi my name is Shantae Taylor and I work with JusticeRVA (for racial justice against state sanctioned police violence and mass incarceration), NOACP/Richmond Resistance (for environmental justice) and with RRFP (for reproductive justice). As a queer person of color and immigrant I stand at the intersections of many issues but today I would like to talk about the intersection between state violence, violence against women and how we can create safer communities from the inside out. I want to start first here and talk a little bit about Richmond and then talk about how these issues apply more broadly. I want to be super clear that these issues may be triggering and would like us all to remember that part of accessibility is also keeping each ourselves and each other safe, I will give folks a moment to leave as needed.

-Rape Culture in RVA : I moved to Richmond five years ago and I have so much praise for such an amazing, dynamic and politically active city. However like most places, there is a very strong undercurrent of rape culture. For example, many known restaurants and bars in this city that have well known sexual assaulters and rapists in their midst and there has not as of yet been an city-wide effective campaign to hold those perpetrators accountable – just very brave people doing their best to speak out.

Another example would be our amazing and vibrant punk and hardcore scenes that we love so much. But unfortunately they also suffer from rape culture with it almost being a too common secret. Let us take the example of Dan Cleaves. (I use the example of a white man here to combat the stereotypes thrown against men of color. I also want to be clear that I am in no way using this example to stigmatize against HIV but I do think it is helpful to remember safe sexual practices and to remember that white people get HIV too! It is not just a black or brown problem).Dan Cleaves is a white male who frequented venues in Richmond and was just charged with sexually assaulting and knowingly infecting women with HIV with a particular targeting of transwomen. Many brave Richmonders, survivors included said enough was enough and were eventually able to drive him out of Richmond, but why did it take so long for people to listen to survivors and their wishes? Who is to blame? Are these individual failures or collective failures?

I would argue that these are collective failures. No individual can be solely be responsible for rape culture nor can they be solely responsible for ending it. That does not mean however that people do not need to be accountable for their own actions and take necessary steps to remedy the harm they have caused specific people and the community at large.

I will offer a personal story to help this stick. I am a survivor, however as a black woman I have serious concerns about approaching the police about what happened to me. What if they treat me differently because of my immigration status. How does my black appearance make me dehumanized, thus devalued and more rape-able and not worthy of being saved? How will my community view me? How will I be treated if I present to receive medical care? How does this relate to the long history of sexual violence against black women in this country? How does it relate to the systemic neglect of some black neighborhoods, environmental racism, economic deprivation, the war on drugs and “tough on crime” policing mentality – are these polices making our communities safer for women or more dangerous? How would this change if I were differently-abled? And why would I want to report my assaulter if I know that he would most likely not get proper treatment in jail/prison and more likely get worse after that process?

I think the INCITE! model of violence against women is especially helpful.” INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.” INCITE! identifies “violence against women of color” as a combination of “violence directed at communities,” such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and “violence within communities,” such as rape and domestic violence.

They basically argue that if we want safer communities from the inside out we are going to have to be careful how we intermesh with the state in terms of mass incarceration instead of rehabilitative and restorative justice. They especially focus on the effects of violence on marginalized groups like women of color, queer folks, immigrants, incarcerated women and how we can lift their voices in this process. (this includes queer women, transwomen, differently abled and gender non conforming women too, because all women matter). It keeps in mind that violence against women of color often takes many forms from environmental racism to state sanctioned police violence and other structural forms of violence and that they need to be examined in a systemic way and addressed in order to really make solid gains in this process.

-I would argue that if we really want to see changes in rape culture in RVA we need to consider this model. Please connect with organizations such as Safe Harbor, VAVP and others that are working on this. You can read more about INCITE at incite-national.org. Thank you for your time.

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Technology and Stalking

January is National Stalking Awareness month and on today’s show we discuss Technology and Stalking.

Listen to today’s episode here

January is Stalking Awareness Month

January is Stalking Awareness month and today we will be discussing what is stalking is and sharing some statistics with you.

Listen to today’s episode here

Title IX on College Campuses – Part IV

 

Today we  continue our talk with Ted Lewis, Associate Director LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond, about Title IX, what this means for campuses in protecting students that have experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, as well as it’s implications on LGBTQ students.

 

Listen to today’s episode here

Did you miss Parts 1,2,and 3? Listen to the entire show here

 

 

 

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

 

You can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. They can connect you with local agencies, services, as well as university services.

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police as well.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Carol Olson. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is co-produced by Carol Olson and Jenn Gallienne. Music was created by The Etching Tin

Title IX on College Campuses – Part III

Today we  continue our talk with Ted Lewis, Associate Director LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond, about Title IX, what this means for campuses in protecting students that have experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, as well as it’s implications on LGBTQ students.

 

This is Part 3 of a 4 part series so please stay tuned! We will be posting the discussion in it’s entirety soon for those that want to listen to it all the way through.

 

Listen to Part 3 Here

 

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

 

You can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. They can connect you with local agencies, services, as well as university services.

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police as well.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Carol Olson. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is co-produced by Carol Olson and Jenn Gallienne. Music was created by The Etching Tin

Title IX on College Campuses – Part I

Today we talk with Ted Lewis, Associate Director LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond, about Title IX on college campuses, what this means for campuses in protecting students that have experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, as well as it’s implications on LGBTQ students.

 

This is Part 1 of a 4 part series so please stay tuned! We will be posting the discussion in it’s entirety soon for those that want to listen to it all the way through

 

Listen to Part 1 Here

 

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

 

You can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. They can connect you with local agencies, services, as well as university services.

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police as well.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Carol Olson. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is co-produced by Carol Olson and Jenn Gallienne. Music was created by The Etching Tin

The V Word: A Fight for Justice

Welcome to today’s edition of the V Word. Today we talk about the Rolling Stone’s article published last week about the gang rape that happened at a fraternity house on University of Virginia’s campus. A campus located 1 hour from the WRIR studio here in Richmond.

We stand in solidarity with the survivors on this campus, the survivor that shared their story for this article, and for those fighting to make sure that sexual assault against all people is taking just as serious as fraternities and college football. We hope that this survivor and all survivors on campus have the support they need right now. We are here to listen.

You can listen to the episode here

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

If you are not comfortable with talking to the police, but want to talk to someone, you can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police. The local hospitals in the Richmond area with Forensic Nurse Examiners are at Medical College of Virginia and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Do you want to know how you can help?

Get involved with your local domestic violence/rape crisis agency.  Donate to services that help survivors recover and heal.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Jenn Gallienne. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is produced by Carol Olson. Music was created by The Etching Tin

Transgender Day of Remembrance

 

Welcome to today’s edition of the V WORD. Today’s topic is on The Transgender Day of Remembrance.

If you missed it listen here

 

Important links:

http://www.youcaring.com/other/find-sage-smith/256254

Almost two years later, Sage’s family, alongside friends and community members, is putting new energy into this effort to find answers, and we need your help. The Wayside Center for Popular Education is sponsoring a campaign to raise funds that will go towards these efforts to find answers. We have set our goal for $5,000 so that we can ensure that we have the resources to put quality work into the search efforts, and any form of contribution from you or your community will go a long way. –

https://www.facebook.com/events/1410982992525234/ Remembering Sage Event this Thursday Nov 20th/ Charlottesville TDOR

https://www.facebook.com/sagesmithmatters  Sage Smith is Our Community Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/events/383288121825223/ Richmond’s 2014 TDOR

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITES:

Passing Is Political: Trans People of Color Speak
Date: Nov 18th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Univ of Richmond Downtown Campus (626 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23219)
What: panel discussion, hosted by SONG
***This event is open to trans* and GQ/GNC individuals only***
RSVP the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/748466535230447

Richmond Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service
Date: Nov 20th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221)
MAIN EVENT: Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/383288121825223/

A Night at The Speakeasy: Trans* and Allies Social Night
Date: Nov 22nd
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Speakeasy at The Hippodrome (526 N. 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219)
What: Drinks, networking, and mingle event, sponsored by the Richmond Business Alliance
Featuring DJ Connie Sue of ANIMAL RVA
Please RSVP at http://www.richmondbusinessalliance.com/event-1793188
Facebook event available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/752733134763477

Community Conversation: Genderqueer & Gender Nonconforming Identities
Date: Nov 23rd
Time: 2-4pm
Location: GCCR Classroom (1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220)
What: panel discussion, hosted by SAGE
RSVP the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532502963662291/

Film Screening: Beautiful Boxer
Date: Nov 24th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Richmond Triangle Players (1300 Altamont Ave, Richmond, VA 23230)
What: film screening, hosted by SONG
RSVP the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496156143997771

Email: rvatdor@gmail.com

 

 

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Jenn Gallienne. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is produced by Carol Olson. Music was created by The Etching Tin

The V Word- The Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline

hotline-logo-and-number

Welcome to today’s edition of The V Word. Today we are talking about a statewide domestic violence and sexual assault hotline.

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action alliance has this information about their hotline on their website:

You deserve safety and support. Whether someone has hurt you in the past or is hurting you now, we’re here to listen and to help.

If you are a friend, family member, or professional wondering how to help someone, or just want to know more about sexual assault, stalking, controlling behavior, or intimate partner violence…call us.

We will listen, offer support, and connect you to resources in your area.

Free. Confidential. 24 hours a day.

Listen to today’s episode for information about the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline and all of it’s services that are available, including the new chat option as well as the LGBTQ Helpine!

Listen to today’s episode here

 

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

If you are not comfortable with talking to the police, but want to talk to someone, you can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police. The local hospitals in the Richmond area with Forensic Nurse Examiners are at Medical College of Virginia and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Do you want to know how you can help?

Get involved with your local domestic violence/rape crisis agency.  Donate to services that help survivors recover and heal.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Jenn Gallienne. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is produced by Carol Olson. Music was created by The Etching Tin

 

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