I am asking lesbians to share what can be very personal experiences, some of which will have been quite traumatic with ongoing consequences.
This will require a degree of trust that the information will not be misused, shared without permission and that there will be no blaming or belittling of victims for their experiences.
Many of us have experienced telling our stories only to have them disbelieved, disregarded or interpreted as our fault. Many of us have been blamed for our own experiences of abuse, either directly or implicitly. This is not an accident, but one of the ways in which women’s voices are intentionally silenced in our societies, with the consequence of preventing us understanding our shared realities.
Without that collective picture, we can struggle to see the pattern of what happens to us, who silences us, and who benefits from both that abuse and the subsequent silence. Preventing us from analysing and speaking out against this maintains the status quo.
All information shared with this blog will be treated with the utmost care and respect, as will the women who are sharing. All information shared will remain private unless explicit permission is given to make it public, and no information that identifies women will be shared unless they choose this.
I have asked for basic demographic information for future analysis. Information submitted may be used for analysis and advocacy purposes.
Although listening2lesbians is not covered by the Australian Privacy Principles, all personal information will be managed broadly in line with them as outlined here.
If you have any questions about how information you share will be treated, please contact me to talk about it. I want to hear from you.