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Hello, I started a community a few years back called 
and it was for victims of all forms of self-injury, encouraging them to make it to 100 days free of self-abuse (and beyond).

After watching it grow and reading all the terrible stories that people sadly have to share, I decided it was time to start something new.
is a community inspired by events at my University. We hold an annual march protesting the fact that it's unsafe for women to live their daily lives, to do something as simple as walking at night, without having to fear rape, or even for their lives. I hope the truth of this matter disturbs you as much as it does me. A victim of sexual assault myself, I cannot express my emotions whenever I find out that another young girl has fallen victim to someone's lust for violence or pleasure.

Please help support this cause, it's so important.

Hello Everyone

Keeping in mind that it's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I'd recommend people reading a very moving account by constantine HERE. This post gave me the courage to join some support communities. It is important that survivors maintain visibility and get support from each other.

Sarah, new member and survivor.

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At some point in your life, you or someone you know may fall victim to a violent crime. Violent crimes can affect anyone at anytime, regardless of where they live or work. Such crimes include assault, domestic violence, robbery, car jacking, rape and murder. A criminal's primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Criminals usually choose targets that appear to be unaware of their surroundings. So please be prepared before something happens. Personal safety/security and self defense are key to every person’s satisfaction and wellbeing, and should be taken seriously. We hope the hints and strategies posted here will help you and those you care about live safer, happier, and more secure lives.

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hey there! i just finished a handout on self defense (geared toward women but applicable to anybody). half of it deals with the physical aspects of defending yourself, and the other half touches on the emotional and mental side of self defense.

if you're interested, e-mail me here or leave a comment. it costs one stamp. i originally wrote the handout as a resource to include with "out of the vacuum," a zine about my experiences with sexual assault. if you'd like to get the zine and the handout, the cost is $1.


a friendly reminder...

FREE SELF DEFENSE CLASS FOR WOMEN brought to you by the Riverwest Currents

tonight, tuesday, august 20th
6:30-8pm at the gordon park pavillion.
cost is free, $3 suggested donation
wear tennis shoes and unrestrictive clothing.
childcare provided.

i hope to see many of you there...
orphan black - sarah

a warning

I was just out walking my dog, and a woman ran up to me and pointed to a truck that was pulling away. She told me that the man in the truck had called out to her, and when she went over to see what he wanted, he had his pants down and was playing with his penis. She ran away from him and over to me, and then the truck drove off. This happened on Farwell, near Locust.

I didn't get a very good look at the truck before it was gone, but it looks new and it's large, shiny, and black. So if any of you see a car like this, be wary of it, and if anything like this happens to anybody else, please try to get the license number of the truck and report it to the police. This kind of thing should not be tolerated anywhere.
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I would just like to say women are not always the ones at risk. And the case isnt always rape. I learned this tonight. Through a very clear message/hard beating by strangers. Something needs to be done.
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reason being...

the self defense class was put together by me and a close friend who have both had some pretty scarey occurnaces happen by very aggressive men, and hearing a ton of stories just like ours, we decided that something needed to happen for women in the area to be more confident with protecting themselves.

please let as many women know about this class as possible. i have begun to start posting fliers...if anyone is in need of one, so far they can be found at fuel cafe, foundation, and maedtke chiropractic office. they will be posted at the outpost and highlands bookstore within the next day or so. the notice can also be found in the august issue of the riverwest currents.

i have also been toying with the idea of putting together a boundaries seminar. the purpose of this class would be to help women explore their personal boundaries and to try to give them the voice and confidence to be heard. i cannot count how many times i have been out and have had men approach me in a very aggresive way, and i have not been able to, confidently, tell them that i am not interested. any further thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

and lastly, there has been a lot of brainstorming about a late night escort plan...women who need a safe ride home after dark...what do you think? is there any interest here? have any of you heard that this may be something in demand in your community?

self defense class

riverwest currents is hosting a free self defense class for Women at the gordon park pavillion.

the seminar is free, and child care is available for a suggested three dollar donation.

it's tuesday, August 20th from 6:30 to 8:00

wear tennis shoes and unrestrictive clothing.

hi! new community

I have created a community for anyone who's been raped, abused, or assaulted by someone they knew. It's also for friends, family members, etc., of these people.


There are very few cases of "a stranger jumping out of the bushes" attacks, compared to the number of cases involving friends or acquaintances. I dislike the terms "date rape" and "acquaintance rape" because I think the terms minimize the act, especially when this is more common than anything else. These kinds of assault are hard on the survivor, not only because of the assault committed, but also because a deep or assumed trust was completely shattered. The survivor then feels frightened about trusting others and ashamed for trusting the person/people to begin with. At least, I know I did. Do.

This is an "open community," for now, which means you don't need my permission to post or join. If everyone can play nice, we can keep it that way. Join at mybodytaken. Hang in there, everyone.