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Tag: sexual violence and abuse

Understanding Victims of Revenge Porn

By Rebecca Sharp What thoughts come to mind when someone mentions the words ‘revenge porn’? In our experience, statements like “they shouldn’t have taken the picture in the first place”, “it’ll never happen to me” or “they should just be proud of their body” come to mind for many. Unfortunately, those two small words, ‘revenge’…
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Taking action to address student harassment and sexual assault

By Dr. Lucy Winrow, ProtectED Review If you are going to university this month, worrying about things like buying books, decorating your room, or which bit of an exciting new city you will explore first, is all part of the fun. Something you should not have to worry about is dealing with sexual harassment. This…
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The Old Market Assembly leads the way for Zero Tolerance venues in Bristol

By Clare Lowe, Events Coordinator The Old Market Assembly has been open since December 2015 and in late 2016 as well as being a restaurant/bar we started to have more late night events in the venue along with our weekend music nights and nightly shows at The Wardrobe Theatre. The building has a rich history within…
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The Great Sea Choir supporting a Zero Tolerance Bristol

By Heg Brignall Hello, my name is Heg and I direct The Great Sea Choir. I started the choir in 2012 with a small group of around 15 singers. Over the last five years the choir has grown from strength to strength and is now 45 members strong. The choir’s repertoire is predominantly focused toward…
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Claiming My Space

By Megan Baker **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** It’s not something you actually think will happen to you. You live your day to day life in the comfort that it won’t happen to you. Someone else, but not you. And if it did happen to you,…
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Avon and Somerset Police – supporting a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence

We met Superintendent Andy Bennett to find out what Avon and Somerset Police are doing to address different forms of gender-based violence and what they want to do to develop and improve this work as part of Bristol Zero Tolerance. As Head of Criminal Justice for Avon and Somerset Police and also the Force Lead…
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Womankind link their work to Bristol Zero Tolerance

By Kyra Bond Womankind is an established local charity and offers culturally sensitive and accessible support services to women in Bristol and the surrounding area.  Our objective is to provide for the relief of mental distress and the resulting suffering and isolation experienced by women and girls by the provision of information, advice and assistance.…
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Vanessa Kisuule on rape jokes and changing attitudes

**This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** At the 2016 Bristol Women’s Voice AGM, we were lucky enough to hear Vanessa Kisuule perform. As part of her performance, she shared with us a post she had written on changing attitudes about rape jokes. Her post is written below. Content warning: mentions of…
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A counsellor’s perspective on empowerment strategies for girls and women who have experienced sexual abuse

By Kerstin Pullin **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** At the end of the recent Bristol Zero Tolerance Film Festival, in a panel discussion, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, talked about the increase in rape incidents in the region.  And indeed, generally the…
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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…
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