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.
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