Are you a disabled woman or non-binary person who has experienced non-consensual touching in a public place?
Have you been grabbed; pushed; tapped; pulled or forcibly ‘helped’?
Have you experienced intrusive behaviour or questions from strangers?
If so, and you are 18 or over, then please consider submitting your story to this research project.
As part of a research project that I am conducting at the University of Sussex, I am looking for contributions from disabled women and non-binary people who have experienced non-consensual touching from strangers in public spaces. These might be the unwanted ‘helping hand’ of a stranger who touches you. They might be gentle or more forceful in nature. They might escalate when you respond and end in hostility or violence. They might also be in the form of sexual violence or harassment.
The common theme is that they often involve some form of physical touch and they are non-consensual. Say as much or as little as you wish.
You can use your own name or a pseudonym. Either leave your story as a comment (which will be anonymised) or email it to me directly at email@example.com. Click on the Sharing Your Story menu above to leave a comment.
Denise’s Story – ‘I have been touched or grabbed on most places on my upper body, usually with force and I am often left bruised. ‘
To add some context, I am small (5 foot 3inches) and from an ethnic monistic ( I look Indian). I believe these factors contribute to my experiences. I work with a Guide Dog, and we have been together for 7 years. Before that I was a white cane user for 5 years. My office is… Read more
Alesha’s Story – ‘Each time I feel sick to my stomach because I don’t know if they are going to try to grope me, to violate my personal space, treat me like an object, or if they are trying to help in a misguided way.’
CW – sexual assault A year and a half ago, I traveled to another state to acquire and train with a new guide dog. We had about eighteen students in the class, and my dog was (is) a true gem. While I was there, one of the students, who used to work at the school,… Read more
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