Estelle: North America

“I’ll get libeled if I say it…If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons [hotel] don’t go,” -Courtney Love It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you see the person who sexually coerced you get showered with adoration and notoriety on social media. If what happened to me was consensual as I pictured and safe as I hoped, then why did I feel sick the entire time? Am I ever going to climb out of my shame? I can’t even say what happened out loud. I can’t stand the sound of the words Read More

An Open Letter to Royal City Roller Derby

Members of Ontario, Canada’s roller derby community are standing up against a problematic coach. Royal City Roller Derby is a women’s flat track roller derby league based in Guelph, Ontario. Unfortunately, people have witnessed the Royal City Brutleggers’ coach Craig “Professor Wrex” Roul act abusively towards members of the community. Thus, they have drafted an open letter to Royal City regarding its upcoming tournament, Royal Brawl 2019: We, the undersigned, are consciously and deliberately not applying to volunteer or officiate at Royal Brawl 2019 because of abusive behavior exhibited by the Royal City Bruteleggers’ coach (Craig “Professor Wrex” Roul) toward Read More

How leagues handle toxic masculinity: A brief case study

Yesterday, we reported on how two different male-presenting roller derby referees responded to the current news cycle: with toxic attitudes and toxic masculinity indicate of rape culture. In the first case, of Nick Castrillion, Infinity Roller Derby removed him from their league within five hours of his comments; later that day, the removed him from their website. They also posted this to their Facebook page: Thank you, Infinity Roller Derby, for taking clear cut, immediate, decisive action. You did the right thing and we hope that other leagues will learn from your example. In the second case, IE Derby Divas Read More

In the wake of the Kavanagh accusations, roller derby officials show their true colors

Anyone who has been following current events, even just a little, already knows that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is currently facing several accusations of sexual assault. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to make an accusation, and she testified yesterday before Senate Judiciary Committee, stating that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both in high school during the summer of 1982. Survivors of sexual assault have watched as people have accused Dr. Ford lying and of partaking in a partisan “witch hunt” and “lynch mob” designed to drag out the confirmation process until after the mid-term elections. Many Read More

Loki: Northwest, USA

For a long time, I was silent about what he did to me, and others, that caused the abrupt and some what public end to our friendship. I was a ref, trying to get in good and seem professional with any league I could, most importantly Ref Cert and Rat City. I felt for a long time that it would be better for me to not “bad mouth” this person because he had power in the community. I protected him. Since leaving roller derby and ceasing to give a fuck what people in the sport think of me I’ve been Read More

RCR’s Response to Frisky’s Story

Earlier today, Rose City Rollers responded to the experiences Frisky shared on IHID. They stated the following (IHID has redacted the original RCR post for privacy and liability reasons; RCR’s post contains the accused’s derby name as well as the accuser’s actual name): This blog is in response to Frisky post about her removal from RCR. The Rose City Rollers pride ourselves in fair and transparent processes, meant to uphold the rights of all our members. Our Accountability Committee process for lodging a complaint against another member is laid out in our handbook and clearly states that a complaint will Read More

Frisky: Northwest USA

I didn’t want to write this. No one wants to have to be the person who writes this. The person who this happened to. I am doing this now because I have nothing left to lose. I was told by Rose City’s representatives that I could not come forward publicly about this because it would violate league policy and I would be suspended; the first of many ways Rose City silences victims and survivors. I have now been banned from the league after a biased investigation, done by people who have a financial interest in keeping the person who abused Read More

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

Jabber: Northwest USA

This post originally appeared on Jabber’s Facebook page on April 6, 2017; in it, she references Punchy O’s post, posted here on March 29, 2018. This is reprinted here with Jabber’s permission. Rumors are how things get super screwed up. Has anyone even thought of reaching out to me to see what I actually want? Nah. That would be logical. I’m sure I’ll catch most of the fallout, though. To be clear: I had NOTHING to do with Rat’s decision about Dell. I had no idea anything was even happening til the email in February (which I then left alone Read More

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