Just in case this doesn't go to the direct time, my piece begins at 1:41:38. Please be aware that the conversation might be triggering. An incredibly strong survivor shared her story of survival from domestic violence.
It's funny how I never considered myself a feminist until recently. When I started the rape recovery chat rooms (The Rape Recovery Forum, Rape Recovery Group on Yahoo, Male Rape Recovery Group and Secondary Survivors Group) my goal was to find a place that women and men could come together to heal. I never dreamed that healing from sexual assault would be considered anything except, well, healing. It didn't matter if you were male or female. All that mattered is that you could find comfort in networking with others who had been through similar experiences. Feminism? Utopia? No one cared what label was slapped on the idea that survivors deserved support. All we cared about was a safe place to gather.
Lately, I've even heard of the term "trigger warning" being referred to as part of a "feminist agenda". That's not so. The term was developed to help empower those who might not be ready to read about graphic incidents of sexual assault or domestic violence. But I digress...
Or do I?
There's not doubt that women's shelters came about as a result of feminism. I'd also say that feminism was combined with anger. The anger that friends, family or ourselves would be beaten to pulps should be enough to make anyone angry. Angry enough to do something constructive about it. Hence, the building of shelters and blazing a trail so that survivors could find healing.
The discussion linked below is interesting. It's politely heated at times, but intriguing nonetheless.
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