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


How to be an ally

Suppose a friend of yours comes to you and tells you that they have been harassed or assaulted by someone in roller derby. Perhaps you know this person. Perhaps he is a friend of yours. Your natural inclination may be to defend him. “But he’s never done anything like that to me!” Or perhaps your first thought may be to rationalize his behavior away. “Well, he was drunk–and you know how he gets.” Before you say anything, please stop. Listen to your friend. Stop. Think. And then take the advice from blogger sleazethezebra, who published this article in December 2014 Read More


Some satire to lighten the mood

Sometimes we laugh because it’s the only way not to cry. One blogger made us laugh with a parody research article that reveals that Amount of ‘allowable harassment’ is directly proportional to skating prowess and derby fame Some humdingers include: “If you are a mid-range jammer of a great team, then you can get away with sending some unsolicited dick pics to other members of the derby community without any real consequences.” As well as: “These results were surprising to us, as we previously thought roller derby was somehow magically different from other sports or the rest of the world.” 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


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


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


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