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

Resource Wednesday: Gender Inclusion Policies

Over the past few years, both the WFDTA and MRDA have introduced gender inclusion policies. To be a member of a WFTDA, a person must most closely identify with being a woman. [1]. Any person identifying as any or no gender may be a member of an MRDA league. [2]. With transgender people being an integral part of so many leagues, it is important to be aware of the specific issues they may face. Indeed, statistics documenting transgender people’s experience of sexual violence indicate shockingly high levels of sexual abuse and assault. One in two transgender individuals are sexually abused Read More

Resource Wednesday: Myths vs Facts

There are many myths that are common regarding sexual violence, assault, and harassment. Sadly, these myths may severely impact the survivors of sexual assault, harassment, or abuse and also affects the behavior of the friends and family of survivors. Please be on the lookout for these common myths. Myth: Sexual assault is an act of lust and passion that can’t be controlled. Fact: Sexual assault is about power and control and is not motivated by sexual gratification. [1] Myth: If a victim of sexual assault does not fight back, they must have thought the assault was not that bad or Read More

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