Michelle A: Illinois, USA

It was well known in my league that a vet skater and her husband were swingers. That was the excuse given anytime her husband made advances on other league members. “That’s just how he is.” After practice, I was kneeling on a bench and talking to another league member when I felt someone caressing my ankle. Alarmed, I turned around, and it’s that guy. He looks surprised that I look as if I’m about to hit him. “Chill out. It’s just me.” I left without saying anything, but feeling like I needed to shower for reasons other than skating for Read More


Punchy O: Northwest USA

After the Derby Central article about sexual violence was published, there were rumors on my league (Rat City) that one of our officials – Dell from Hell – had been accused of sexual assault. My knowledge is second-hand, and we were told very little because of confidentiality, but the league was told that he had been accused a few years ago of assaulting another official and WFTDA was involved. WFTDA “reprimanded” him with a list of tasks to be completed and allowed him to return to officiating. The official who was assaulted quit and, as far as I know, has Read More


What comes next?

Yesterday, the WFTDA, MRDA, and JRDA published a statement of anti-abuse that ended in a call to action. What we have not done is clearly communicate that exclusion, abuse, harassment, and discrimination are not tolerable. It is time to do so. To our friends who have been made to feel marginalized, or unsure of your place in the sport of roller derby, you are absolutely valued and wanted. To those of you who are survivors, we believe you. While many in our community have extolled these organizations for visibly recognizing the issue and taking action, others are left with a Read More


Hannah Jennings: Northwest USA

This is my story, word for word, from this piece: www.derbycentral.net/2018/01/roller-derby-has-a-sexual-assault-problem-and-we-need-to-talk-about-it. Posting it here in support of this site and everything it stands for. Roller derby, sit down for a second. We need to talk. It’s taken me eight years to write down what I’m about to say. Not because I’ve forgotten what happened to me or because it doesn’t affect me. I’ve waited because I didn’t think my story was worthy of reporting, and lacked the bravery and self worth to say something. I feared the things they’d say. “That’s just what happens at after parties.” “It was probably Read More


Anonymous: region unknown

I am a skater at a small league. We were always said to be a ladies team but as I went into fresh meat with a number of new females and to our surprise, males. Most of which were fine. One much older man, from the start was not like the rest. He only talked to females, even though other men were present. I always felt uncomfortable skating with him, most did. One session we were pracicting whips in a pace line. We were not to hold on to each other in the line but for whatever reason he insisted Read More


Anonymous: Southern USA

Parties in my league mean lots of of drinking and partying at a local bar sponsor. One night a very drunk skater from a different team in the league decided I had stolen her drink (I didn’t) and she rushed up to me grabbing my throat and squeezing while demanding I find her missing drink. This person has a history of damaging property and making others uncomfortable when drunk, and people in the league usually laugh it off. I played nice and didn’t complain about the incident, because I didn’t want her mad at me next time she was drinking Read More


Anonymous: region unknown

About four or five years ago I was part of a league where the women joked around with each other about sticking their fingers near or in an opponent’s vagina while on the jam line. It was a joke: Like “ha ha, wouldn’t this be funny!” Until someone did it to their teammate. The woman who was touched confided in me that she was really uncomfortable about being touched this way especially DURING the game, but didn’t want to say anything about it. She was new to the league, she didn’t want to rock the boat, blah, blah, blah. Later Read More


Anna-Ellen L: Northeast USA

I have experimented with many different ways of processing the trauma I’ve experienced in an abusive relationship, and the trauma experienced when entities designed to protect people failed. I’m choosing to share some of the pieces I have written due to recently hearing about public responses regarding sexual assault and abuse which occurred within the roller derby community. Sharing this also seems timely as one year ago I had to leave my roller derby home team to put an end to harassment from the person who abused me. Names of people and specific teams are going to be left out. Read More


Anonymous: Southwest USA

My ex GF (a derby veteran) and I started skating and I loved it, but when we’d go to derby practices together she’d publicly tell people details about our intimate life, or make me the brunt of sexually charged jokes. When I confronted her about it she told me that’s just how derby is, everybody does it. I told her that was not my experience and I hadn’t had the experience with anybody else. She told me I was too sensitive and it’s just part of the game and that she didn’t have a filter and I should know that Read More


Amber K: Northeast USA

A few weeks ago, I was OPRing a home team game in a convention center with a crappy floor. Rather than being concerned with avoiding pitfalls in the OPR lane while skating or looking for back blocks, my attention was constantly drawn to two men leaning up against a wall near turn 3 just outside the track. The first time comment they made sounded like “nice ass.” I ignored it because I wasn’t sure it was about me and I was too busy looking for a multiplayer block to worry about what some guy in the crowd was saying. A Read More


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