Speaking outPosted: 10 September 2012
Content warning: Discussion of rape and sexual violence.
There’s been a lot in the news recently about rape, and some truly horrific things have been said, and some truly horrific actions have been condoned. The prevalence of narratives which blame survivors for being raped and which limit rape to a vary narrow definition is a terrifying thing to behold. In this context, it is an incredibly brave thing to share one’s story of being raped or sexually assaulted. It is very hard to read or hear these accounts, but very important and very moving.
The new(ish) website Cambridge Speaks Out is a collection of people’s experiences of sexual violence. Having a space where survivor’s voices are prioritised, and where there are experiences are believed and taken seriously is so valuable. I think hearing about these issues from the survivor’s perspective is also really important in undermining a lot of the myths about rape.