Kerry’s story – ‘Just navigating the city as a disabled woman comes with a drain of energy, sapping at your self esteem and patience’

As a disabled woman in a busy northern city, I am regularly touched and “felt up” in public, and in situations where I had no control over my surroundings. Simple journeys like getting to and from work on public transport are filled with unexpected violations. Instances such as getting into taxis and on to trains…

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Sindy’s Story – ‘I believe that most people mean well however there are some people out there that have taken advantage’

I have been disabled for nearly 30 years. At first I used walking sticks and I was sexually assaulted whilst on a ordinary pavement. Eventually I had to use a wheelchair and my experiences since then have been astonishing. From people trying to help me onto a train and dropping the wheelchair onto its back,…

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Danielle’s Story – ‘This sort of thing has happened so many times that I almost barely register it anymore’

This sort of thing has happened so many times that I almost barely register it anymore. Since this project was announced until now I have been trying to remember a specific incident, because so many of them blur into one. When I’m trying to get through a crowd and get the glancing caress because my…

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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…

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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 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.’

Gaia’s Story – ‘ He was so close to me, I was scared he could hit me easily and I couldn’t get away, pinned in by all the people. ‘

I was on a bus in a large city. The bus was packed with schoolchildren. The wheelchair space was set up that in using it, I ‘blocked’ 4 pull down seats. I felt terrible as people kept complaining about how few seats there were. At a bus stop, a very old man tried to get…

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Sai’s Story

This story was shared on Twitter – the full thread is here Follow Sai @saizai A few days ago, I was walking through a @TfL station with my partner. I paused in an area with interesting echoes & few people around to test ideas on dual-impulse echolocation using my cane. Fascinating #caneadventures. Suddenly, a drunk…

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Elle’s Story – ‘The harassment I’ve experienced ranges from a man more than twice my age shoving hand-written notes in my face on the tube (saying things like ‘you’re so gorgeous for a deaf girl’ and ‘will you go for a drink with me?’), to the numerous people who insist on speaking for me, thus taking my voice away. ‘

I usually feel empowered as a young, Deaf, and fiercely independent woman living in London. I love my work as a professional musician, I have a great group of friends and an amazing fiance, and I enjoy campaigning for greater Deaf awareness in my free time. The only problem is that I suffer from severe…

Read more Elle’s Story – ‘The harassment I’ve experienced ranges from a man more than twice my age shoving hand-written notes in my face on the tube (saying things like ‘you’re so gorgeous for a deaf girl’ and ‘will you go for a drink with me?’), to the numerous people who insist on speaking for me, thus taking my voice away. ‘

Mo’s story ‘It felt violating, especially since I was away from my partner who usually helped me with my chair and would have stopped the woman if they had seen her. ‘

I am a latino/arab/jewish, white-passing trans man who used a wheelchair when I had cancer a few years ago and had very little energy. At the time of this story, I had not started on HRT, so to the rest of the world, I did not pass at all and cis people perceived me as…

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