Tag Archive: anti-rape

Accounting for Ourselves

afoFrom Crimethinc.

Sexual assault and abuse continue to plague anarchist circles and spaces. In response, we’ve developed processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. But why can’t we seem to get them right? Our newest feature, Accounting for Ourselves, examines the context in which these community accountability models emerged, analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them, and proposes new directions for our resistance.
Accounting for Ourselves: Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

Printable ’zine (PDF; 750 KB)

Online reading ’zine version (PDF; 450 KB)

This is not intended to serve as an accessible introduction to community accountability processes; it assumes that you have some knowledge of what they are and how they work. If you don’t, here is a reading list offering thorough background.

New Poster Series Available, “Rape Culture is…”

rapecultureisFrom Anarchist News

This series of ten posters was created in the midst of an ongoing scandal at the University of North Carolina at CHapel Hill, which has recently been plagued by bad press for its role in suppressing information about sexual assault and in its treatment of several students raped on campus. After five students submitted a complaint to the US Department of Education, the Universityin turn threatened to expel via Honor Court one of the five women for creating an “intimidating environment” on campus for her rapist. The administration and Honor Court’s handling of events has resulted in an uproar, with large amounts of bad press, two protests, and a wave of graffiti and wheatpasting on campus.

A week prior to this initial complaint an attack anarchists smashed out five windows of a fraternity house on campus. This was followed with another act of vandalism in February. Discussions around tactics, analysis, and the role of non-students in attacking the rape culture perpetuated by structures at UNC have all been interesting and heated. The posters are not specific to the local situation, however, and we encourage to print and post them everywhere. They can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/?v11n6uabc80xuo9,lv7yc7gnhg6k4n6,fw61psdvjcrqsn…

and here in a zip file here: https://hotfile.com/dl/197148148/5376849/Archive.zip.html

there are direct links to the pdfs on sprout distro: http://www.sproutdistro.com/2013/03/15/poster-series-rape-culture-is/

Protest in Solidarity with Rape Survivors Facing UNC Retaliation

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Several protesters hold a banner in response to the Honor Court accusation that Gambill is “guilty” of intimidating her attacker.

From News and Observer

CHAPEL HILL — Pressure built Friday for the UNC-Chapel Hill student court to drop a charge against Landen Gambill, a sophomore who was accused of intimidating an ex-boyfriend after she spoke out about sexual assault.

About 200 people gathered at the center of campus to protest the university’s handling of sexual assault cases. Several dozen carried placards and whistles to show their support for Gambill, who has been called a whistleblower for joining several other women in filing a federal complaint against UNC-CH in January. (more…)

Warden in Prisoner Hot Sauce Abuse Relieved of Duties

(from NBC-17, also click here to view a clip of the 11pm nightly news, which features the prison books collective)

The warden at a North Carolina prison where inmates said they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said Tuesday that Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall would be assigned to other duties while the State Bureau of Investigation probes what happened at the Clinton facility. A second employee also has been reassigned.

Six inmates allege correctional officers forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts, including gulping hot sauce and slathering it on themselves, resulting in painful blisters. The male inmates also reported being forced to simulate sex acts for the entertainment of the guards, as well as to capture and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew.