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#InternationalWomensDay2022

I've a number of tributes to pay on this important day.

The first must obviously go to the women of #Ukraine

This picture demonstrates their suffering & their personal courage

I stand with them in #Solidarity

Photo from the front page @thetimes
#InternationalWomensDay2022

It's a strange start to this tribute, but today is the 21st anniversary of my Dad's death. His life and of his Mother, Mary Breheny, is couched in real courage through #MotherAndBabyHomes #MagdalenLaundries

#Justice is coming!
#InternationalWomensDay2022

I pay tribute to #BreedaMurphy from the #TuamMotherandBabyHomeAlliance

Her passion, compassion and determination against @cnalive @merrionstreet to deliver the stories & change of #Survivors #MotherAndBabyHomes & #Magdalene story is inspirational
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Harrowing 2 read these stories of #sexualharassment & #sexualabuse of students including #minors in the #Kathak world by renowned gurus & how it’s been an #opensecret all along. A thread 1/n
Thank you to my instructor Naina Green 4 being the voice of courage & integrity. Here’s her IG post re: #birjumaharaj followed by screenshots.
Further down I'll be sharing screenshots of #survivors accounts of abuse. 2/n

instagram.com/p/CY4SyaDpEZS/…
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Thread: Before I release some correspondence between myself & others in regards to the committee & following #CaringWell I want to point out that some were acting on the only available action/directive they could, I do feel few were doing more behind the scenes & faced such+
opposition due to road blocks by higher authority & mass bullying (as said in Moore's letter) and I heard about that long before that was released, I'd posted many times about the "red tape" "roadblocks" because I knew that the opposition was fierce. Why? Because people like +
RonnieFloyd, Augie Boto, Paige Patterson etc.etc. do not want the lid of sexual abuse stories opened up for questions of handling because it would overthrow/disrupt their power structure. Please note this is why I say we need to tear it down to its roots, new leadership overhaul+
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If I read #federalbudget of #Canada Correctly
@cafreeland committed $12M over THREE YEARS to TALKING about how to implement a disability benefit some point in the future (maybe)
(But $13M to ensure MAID happens)

So no #inclusion & #inclusive recovery for #ODSP #CPPD #SAID #AISH
At this rate, with what the provinces are doing to #PWD @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland You won't have to worry about #MAID or a #Disabilities Benefit cause the problem is going to "Solve itself"
They Can't Afford to live NOW Damn it !
3 weeks to invent #CERB
4 YEARS to maybe help PWD
How many more times are they supposed to say
"Maybe next year, people will care"
How many more decades ?
How many more wasted PWD lives because
Canada won't put the well being disabled people equal to those who are "Able" ?

How many more GENERATIONS @JustinTrudeau ?
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We are thrilled to announce the “Powered By Hope” financial grant for survivors of domestic violence.

Started in collaboration with .@mbhide , Powered by Hope originally started as a podcast series by Monica & Sayfty to provide people hope during the lockdown.
The short, uplifting episodes with personal stories of hope and gentle reminders helped many get through tough times last year.

Moving a step forward, we are now setting up a financial grant of $1000 (Rs 74,000) for #survivors of #domesticviolence in #India.
Many women in India find themselves in abusive relationships, unable to move out due to barriers, including financial dependence.

We hope the money from this unconditional grant will help two survivors in the best possible way.
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🇪🇷🇪🇹#Ethiopia said #Eritrea has agreed to withdraw forces from the #Tigray region, almost five months after fighting broke out.

"Witnesses say soldiers and militia target civilians and use rape as a weapon." @MariaG_N reports from #Tigray⤵️

#TigrayCrisis
@MariaG_N 🇪🇹Across #Tigray, more than half a million people were forced to flee their homes. Thousands were able to find refuge in the regional capital Mek’ele.

🎤"We don’t have enough water, food, or clothes, we’re not receiving any help from the government," says a man displaced⤵️
@MariaG_N 🇪🇹🇪🇷Many survivors speak of massacres and accuse #Eritrean soldiers.

During a religious celebration in a #Tigray village, more than 150 people were killed by members of the Eritrean army, residents say.

🎤"All of those killed were like my own family.”⤵️
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1. 🧵 Thinking of the family of #SarahEverard waking up to the horrible reality of her loss today. I recently spoke with a male interviewer about #GenderEquity & he was shocked when I spoke about not feeling safe as a woman. So I told him about my experiences... #TriggerWarning
2. When I was in college I was out for a run one day in the local woods. I heard a sound behind me and looked back and saw a guy running after me. No big deal right - he's probably out for a run too? Except he's wearing jeans, a suede jacket and boots...
3. I feel that stab of fear (that every woman has felt at some stage) & pick up the pace but I'm near the end of my session and tiring fast. He's gaining on me & I realise I can't outrun him (despite the fact I've represented Ireland in athletics) he's a man and he's just faster!
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THREAD For #IWD21 please take 5 mins to read & share Gaia's story. Gaia loved #InternationalWomensDay & she should be here celebrating it with us. Instead our bright, brave and beautiful star 🌠 has become part of it. 🌹 #JusticeForGaia #InternationalWomensDay #RapeJusticeNow Image
We are a family fighting for answers about what happened to our girl who went missing on 7 November 2017 when she was 19 yrs old. 🌹 Eleven days later, her body was found. The coroner found she’d died of hypothermia. We call it a death by indifference...
🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️
Gaia was bright, brave, kind, creative and fiercely loyal to those she loved. The challenges she faced as a young woman living with #epilepsy & as a #survivor of sexual violence inspired her to pursue a career in health and social care. 💞 She wanted to dedicate her life to...
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#Meditation for #Peace in #NagornoKarabakh daily at 18:15 UTC/ 19:15 CEST (#Paris) (update)

@Welovemassmedis organizes a new peace #meditation every day to provide energetic support for #peace and #healing to Nagorno-Karabakh

For instructions and timezones, see: ImageImageImageImage
In the past days, the DarkForces tried to use the #Armenian Genocide memorial complex #Tsitsernakaberd to stimulate trauma via implants on surface population, on these certain #Leylines w/ their war program as well as GreatDepression programs of civil wars
welovemassmeditation.com/2020/10/medita… ImageImageImageImage
One of the main reasons for the occult war in #Armenia is because of the many #survivors of #Atlantis, who built #sacred structures in the area to preserve the heritage and culture of the #Atlantean era
During WWI many survivors and their families tried to flee to other countries ImageImageImageImage
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I was told -- "Rena You are not responsible for what happened to you as a child, but you are responsible for your life now as an adult. It's ok to be angry about what happened to you, but it's not ok to stay stuck there. You have work to do, a life to live.
You can't blame others for not being able to help you through your trauma, not everyone is equipped to do so, and many are at the beginning stages of learning how to help survivors through their trauma.
It is up to YOU to find those who can help you and educate them on your experiences so that they can help you heal and help other victims/survivors that follow." This is some of the best advice I ever received.
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E-tuber "Surviving Life" shares CSAM and uses pedohunting to exploit woman
DONT FUCK WITH #survivors
Here are all the current testimony files
@AEGISAllianceTM
#Anonymiss
#Anonymous
@Y0urN3w0wn3r
#13Э7РэdоНцитэяs
#ExposingExploitation
#OpStopSuicide
#OpChildSafety
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Letter from a friend
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RYLINU
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Amy
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Using peoples fear and misery to exploit
#SurvivingLies
Big mistake thinking these were weak easy targets

Survivors are united through strength and courage
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Do #qualitative interviews cause #distress when used for sensitive topics and/or in sensitive populations?
A thread (& case study with #cancer #survivors).
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2/5 #Qualitative research is ideally suited to gain rich insights into human experience, including those with medical conditions and at-risk groups.

But, one #barrier to conducting #qualitative interviews is concern (often from physicians or IRB/ethics) of causing #distress
3/5 Yet, data on distress around #qualitative #interviews with medical pops is lacking.

In our new #PsychoOncologypaper, #AYA #cancersurvivors completed a validated distress screening tool before, after & 1 week after an interview on #fearofrecurrence

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.10…
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As the discussions about defunding and abolishing the U.S. police forces gain greater recognition, some people continue to ask "Who will protect you from sexual violence?" A thread #DefundThePolice #WeKeepUsSafe @FirecrackerFdn
For many #survivors, going to the #police is yet another #trauma. Cops are meant to represent and respect “The Law,” not the victim/survivor. #DefundThePolice #WeKeepUSSafe @FirecrackerFdn
When feminists (often #whitefeminists) uphold the idea that the policing and #prison system are the best way to protect people from sexual violence, they are practicing what is called #CarceralFeminism #DefundThePolice #WeKeepUSSafe @FirecrackerFdn
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1. "The book is on the table" saga or... Ou est la plume de ma tante.

FINALLY: the first draft was just sent to my amazing editor/"revision eagle" and to the foreword writer both of which will remain anonymous for the time being. @RoninInstitute @IGDOREinstitute Image
2. I have no idea if the book will be dedicated to these people, this way or not. It's just there. All I know is that meeting the first deadline is such a relief... I'm just flying around the living-room after observing eagles flying.

@AcademicChatter
3. This is my first "hybrid-indie" production. My appreciation for my previous publishers grew so much. Publishing a book is serious shit. But I got my ISBNs, designer friends to help and my great brother @LaerteCoutinho1 for the cover!
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In March, my friend, Nkiru and I published a 25-page chapter in the Handbook of Interpersonal Violence "Future Directions in Advocacy in Response to Interpersonal Violence" where we talk about policing, social services, and state + interpersonal violence. link.springer.com/referenceworke… Image
We wrote this before widespread calls to #DefundMPD and mainstream engagement w/ concepts of #abolition, but what I think this writing does is set the groundwork for why divestment from the state (including social services and any anti-violence programs that engage with police) +
divestment from the state is a mandate for survivor safety. policing is NOT an inevitability. state violence is not a necessary by-product of keeping survivors safe. we will never end sexual assault if we don't end the carceral state. Image
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#vss365
I started playing #guitar in college. Some of my friends back home played, so I thought I'd learn. It's been years since I kept up with it. With no job and an empty house, I had time. Plus, I could crank up my amp. Ava would have hated it. All the more reason to do it.
#vss365
Strumming a few chords or playing a riff through a loud amp usually makes me feel better. It's more of a distraction this time. My amp is a little old. Even a #ragpicker might pass on it. "If you're not going to play it, sell it," Ava nagged. Life always got in the way.
#vss365
Or I got in the way. Not even ten years ago I kept getting sick all the time. Painful stomach cramps would radiate weakness throughout my body. I learned how to wash it away like healing #rainwater. That's when I really started to figure out who I was and what I could do.
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@mega2e I’m a fan of #SheSaid but very disappointed in this piece. #survivors of #domesticabuse #coercivecontrol feared and accurately PREDICTED their #abusers would weaponize the virus as they do any situation or manufacture one, to interfere with the mother-child relationship. /1
@mega2e But your article did nothing 2 differentiate between abusers who are weaponizing the virus against #protectivemothers and parents who are legitimately worried about neglectful parenting & failure to properly social distance. There was no mention of histories of abuse in cases. /2
@mega2e Instead, you couched the issue as gender neutral w/o looking at previous histories of legitimate custodial interference. Like reporting on #rapeculture on campus & giving equal weight to alleged rapists’ & rape victims concerns w/o addressing systemic inequities in treatment. 3/
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@SimonFanshawe Fairly shocking to find eradication of "mixed wards" By @NHSEngland @NHSImprovmeent was only rebranding exercise & that now they just lie about #male genitalia to #female patients so they have no way to protect themselves. @CMO_England @CNOEngland
@Jochurchill4
@SimonFanshawe @NHSEngland @CMO_England @CNOEngland @Jochurchill4 NHS guidelines:
Grade #1 woman: transwomen with #ladydique
Grade #2 woman: biological female #unraped (of course)
Grade #3 woman: Biological female - rape survivors, it doesnt matter that they can't sleep or scared out of their wits. @Baroness_Nichol
@SimonFanshawe @NHSEngland @CMO_England @CNOEngland @Jochurchill4 @Baroness_Nichol Ideally, of course #Female #Rape survivors (or victims) dont actually show up for medical treatment they need & deserve, freeing up #NHS resources for patients who are not damaged goods & who deserve actual health care.
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Have you noticed that the only time #mentalhealth ever really enters the national conversation is when it’s being used as a scapegoat for violence? [Thread]
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This despite the fact persons w/ mental health conditions are significantly more likely to be victims of violence, including gun violence, than perpetrators.

This despite the fact most Americans don’t have access to quality mental health care services & programs.
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As we struggle w/ the heartbreaking news of 2 #MSDStrong students—Sydney Aiello, a 2018 grad/FAU student, & Calvin Desir, a sophomore at MSD—and Jeremy Richman, father of #SandyHook victim Avielle Richman, dying by suicide, we must discuss our national mental health crisis.
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1/ @TheTakeaway @tanzinavega really disappointed you had this guest on a show peddling controversial theories that weaponize the failures of the #criminaljusticesystem #racism and #massincarceration against survivors of #domesticviolence and #coercivecontrol.
2/#VAWAs failures lie not only in its non-holistic, non-systemic approach to addressing #DV—not as #coercivecontrol and not in coordination with child safety risks, as it should be—but also in its methodology, assumptions, implementation etc. @thetakeaway @tanzinavega
3/Just because #VAWA is flawed doesn’t mean you throw the baby out with the bath water. Her theories are dangerous to #survivors and hide its misogynist underpinnings as they center #abuser needs over #survivor and #child #safety, #stability #strength. @TheTakeaway @tanzinavega
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For me, the real issue in the #trans #GRA reform is #maleviolence against #female & trans. I note #transmen seem to be absent from discussion. They obvs don't present as #women so don't use women's spaces. But they can't draw attention to themselves as trans because... (1/2)
(2/2) in a male space they would run the risk of attack by men who would see their bodies as still female. I can't find stats on transmen being violent, or female violence on transmen. I guess there will be some, but very small no's. The problem is male violence. #patriarchy...
So we need to be looking at #male #violence and how/why our society raises #boys to think violence is a way of dealing with the world. NB I know this is a generalisation and not all males are violent & not all females are peaceful!
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I went to bed feeling betrayed--perhaps even enraged. I woke up, still feeling betrayed--but resolved. I still believe #AnitaHill. I still believe #ChristineBlaseyFord I still believe #survivors #women They have knocked us down, but not out. I still believe in the power of us.
Our perpetrators tried to stifle our voices too--and, WE ARE NOT GOING BACK. We will not be silenced or moved. Today, survivors will keep organizing, sharing our painful and hard truths until the very last hour, and then we'll take our fight to the ballot box.
Survivors matter and we do vote--and run for office too! We have been ignored, but not silenced #midterms A vote to support #Kavanaugh confirms more than one man, to the highest court in the land, you are also confirming #privilege #entitlement #injustice
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@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @BrightonSurvivorsNET “In the light of a highly disturbing increase of #transphobia locally & nationally…” IF everything anybody says or does is #transphobia, of course you can say it is rising. Any reputable statistics?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK “…so the date @Womans_Place_UK event feels like a concerted effort to make #trans ppl, & particularly #transwomen, feel #intimidated and #invalidated” Is it the position of SN that the sensitivities of #transwomen mean that #democracy should be suspended any time they say so?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @Womans_Place_UK #Transwomen do face special challenges but they remain #bio #logical #males but it is fine for them #Gender express as ‘women’ but with the best will in the world, they remain #bio #logically #male @WomenEqualities @Commonswomequ @PennyMordaunt @MariaMillerUK @LesleySemmens
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I had to take the day away from Twitter after I read #UmaThurman's story. I was shattered.

I was raped & nearly killed a few years ago. I wrote about it for my local newspaper and @HuffPost.

[TW for this thread]
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Rape: Another Coming-Out Story huffingtonpost.com/victoria-a-bro…
I'm not sure why #UmaThurman's story hit me. Was it because 30yr old me dodged a bullet with #HarveyWeinstein? Was it because her friend saw her disheveled and hysterical? Was it because of what happened in that car scene?

No way to know. #PTSD is like that. Unpredictable.

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I can tell you that I will never fully recover.

I am not alone in this. We talk about #survivors, but we never talk about how we're supposed to become a survivor.

I wasn't killed, but I was beaten, bitten, punched, slapped, sodomized and raped.

I have permanent scars.

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