(I know this is long, but please read it all! It’s important information!)
The S-Walk Support Group is an idea we’ve had at S̶l̶u̶t̶ ̶Walk LA for a very long time. It is essentially going to be a safe environment for anyone to come and talk about how rape culture effects them personally. All genders welcome. (note: this group is not exclusively for survivors of rape and sexual assault. It is for any and all people’s who feel that they are negatively effected by rape culture).
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
6:00-6:30- food and mingling. This is a potluck event, if you are able to bring something please label all of the ingredients for people with allergies and dietary restrictions :)
6:30-7:30- official meeting
The meeting will be held in five parts.
1. S.afety Pledge- at the beginning of each meeting we will all stand together and promise to respect the privacies and identities of everyone in the room. We will promise to respect the needs of other and to be aware of our own needs as well.
2. P.resent yourself- in the second part of the meeting we will go around and give our name(or whatever you’d like to be called), preferred gender pronouns, list any triggers that group members should be aware of, and give a short summarization of what brought you to the meeting.
3. E.xchange- This is where we all go around and talk in detail about our feelings and experiences. If we have trouble getting started, those of us running the meeting will have discussion questions prepared.
4. A.ssess- Talk about how the meeting was for you personally. This is a new thing! Constructive criticism is welcome with open arms, please tell us what we can do to create a more comfortable environment next time. (we will also have written surveys for those who want their comments to remain anonymous)
5. K.udos- (wrap-up). Go around the circle and compliment someone else on something they said in the group today, then name something that you are proud of yourself for being able to say or do. Give yourselves a round of applause.
~Thank you to everyone who is wanting to support this new evolution of S-walk L.A. Happy New Year.~
***DISCLAIMER: The people running this event are not professional therapists, psychiatrists, or medical professionals. While we are hoping that this group will help people work through personal issues and feel less alone, this is not a substitute for legitimate professional help and if you are suffering from extreme trauma-related ptsd or suicidal tendencies this should not be your only support source***
official facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/239983009497960/?source=1
"And it has been
of a year.
I have worn
under my sleeves,
on my thighs,
running down my cheeks.
This is what
looks like, my dear."
Learn how to say “no.”
Cram that word inside your mouth,
the whole thing, make sure all of it
gets in there. Let it walk on your tongue.
Practice with it in the mirror, push it
out, make faces, learn to love the salt
and bitter of it. Teach it to perch on your lip,
buzz, collect pollen from your sugary gloss.
Make it swarm between your cheeks.
Then, when the days come (there will be
many) where he pushes too hard, speaks
too sweetly, when the hand at your thigh
draws a thump in your stomach, when
the bitch gremlin inside whispers it’s not
worth the fight, says you can barter
for your worth tomorrow, when your ribs
shrink, when he unfurls his Almighty Smile,
then four come at you at once, when
you love someone else, when the bar
is closing and your name becomes Take
What I Can Get, when the girls hate you
anyway, when you want him until the burn
if only he wore a different face—
pull back your lips, bare the teeth you have"
sharpened to their perfect points, flick
your stinger tongue, set free your swarm.Jeanann Verlee, Swarm (via fypoetry)