My Body Back – Notes of Love
**This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering**
At our 2016 Film Fest the Bristol University Survivors Network ran the Notes of Love interactive exhibition where people could write messages of support and solidarity to survivors of gender-based violence. These messages will then be sent to survivors.
Bristol Zero Tolerance were keen to work with the My Body Back Project who run the Notes of Love campaign so let’s tell you a bit more about the work that they do:
The My Body Back Project works with women who have experienced sexual violence, regarding their physicality. The project started in August 2014, and supports women who have experienced rape or sexual assault to love and care for their bodies again.
They do this by running specialist services, including a cervical screening clinic and maternity clinic designed especially for women who have experienced sexual violence. Both of these clinics work very sensitively with women, so they feel safe, relaxed, and their individual needs are met.
They have also created The Clit List, a list of erotic media for people who would like to explore their sexuality using feminist, non-misogynistic and empowering content, curated with women who have experienced sexual violence in mind.
The project is essentially about women reclaiming power over their lives, their bodies and their choices, and they believe that feminism is the driving force behind their vision.
What is the Notes of Love campaign?
Notes of Love was launched at the Women of the World Festival in 2015 to gather thousands of supportive and loving messages from the public, all written to women who have experienced sexual violence.
All these wonderful messages of empathy, compassion and kindness are displayed at clinics, workshops and specialist women’s services across the UK.
When women enter the centres, they’ll see the Notes of Love. When they leave, they’ll be invited to choose a note and take it with them, for whenever they feel the need for support. However vulnerable or alone they may feel, women will have a visual reminder that there are others sending solidarity, understanding and love their way.
How to get involved
Tweet your own Note of Love to @mybodybackproj using the hash tag #NotesOfLove. You can also email your message to email@example.com and they will write it out and add it to the collection.
Follow on Instagram @mybodybackproject
Collect your own Notes of Love at your next event, meeting or gathering. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and more details on how to start.
Join the campaign. Are you part of a university feminist or women’s group? Join the growing list of partner universities and bring the Notes of Love campaign to your university. Contact Laura on email@example.com with your ideas on how you’d like to take part and for more details on how to get involved.