This will be a recurring feature here at Resources for Ace Survivors, although we have not decided on a specific day or frequency for posting this yet. However, I am going to just go ahead and post the first one today.
Please feel free to drop any other links you find that may be useful to survivors in the comments! Discussion encouraged.
At The Asexual Agenda, Siggy wrote about his experience with corrective rape, and points out that survivors have been here all along whether we choose to talk about it or not. [Obvious TW for graphic description]
Sara at Flying While Falling Down wrote about deciding not to talk about sexual assault anymore. [strong TW for rape, abuse, not being believed, self-harm, eating disorder, suicide attempts, pregnancy]
Miri wrote about when someone sets boundaries with you and you feel like crap.
Brittani Nichols at Autostraddle has a reminder for you: You’re not a piece of shit [TW: emotional/psychological abuse, intimate partner violence]
Olivia wrote about finding and keeping a new therapist after your therapist retires.
Everyday Feminism posted a cartoon about what would happen if society treated every kind of consent like sexual consent.
RH Reality Check ran an article about how victim-blaming led to the rape kit backlog. [TW: graphic description of rape]
A study was published about sexual assault resistance training, with favorable results.
Unsurprisingly, facebook was found to be the most misused social media platform by abusers. Women, LGBT+ people, and minorities are the most vulnerable.
Reminder: the June 2015 Carnival of Aces is on Mental Health. There are only a few more days left in June, but I will still accept submissions through the first few weeks of July, and continue collecting links on the topic to feature here at RFAS after the carnival is over. So if you want to write something but you’re not ready yet, that’s okay! There is always later. We will host anonymous submissions here, or you can submit a guest post at Hope for Aces or Prismatic Entanglements.
There has also been a lot of talk about writing and presenting educational materials for mental health professionals in the last few weeks as a result of the North American Asexuality Conference. If you are interested in doing that, let’s team up! The Ace-Competent Therapists Project will be gearing up for doing that sort of work in July and August as well, and we can use as many allies as we can get.