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


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: 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


Elizabeth C – Northeast USA (part 2)

Elizabeth C. sent us two stories, which we have split into two separate posts. This is the second. Read her first story here. [PART 2] In the second, I was dating an official and one evening when he was drunk, he punched me. Right in the gut. Because he was mad at me because I didn’t want to be around him while he was being a drunk arsehole. I was silent about it because I was worried that it would affect my staffing. After all, he had been officiating longer than me and since we traveled together… Then I ended Read More


Elizabeth C – Northeast USA (part 1)

I have dealt with multiple issues within derby, some stem from being a woman, some from being a woman ref, some from being a person. I have been told that I couldn’t use the ref room because it’s for men only. I have gotten dick pics from other officials. But two instances… [STORY 1] The first occurred when officiating a game in NY. Before the game, a referee complained about the grapes having seeds, walked up to me while changing, and spit them in my face. This was the first time that I had ever met him, so there was Read More


Anonymous: USA

I’ve been involved as an official in roller derby for about six seasons. My first season I was reffing a game that had a super small locker room (though the venue had actual locker rooms for skaters, the only area left was a little hallway for officials). This area provided very tight quarters for seven referees. I was the only woman on a crew of six men. So when I saw one of the referees’ balls, I figured it was an accident. Only, the next time I worked with him, I saw his balls again. Being new to the sport, Read More


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