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Perspectives on survivor speech

I feel like one of the major fears for women, especially coming forward about sexual assault, is ridicule, or just everyone being able to identify them and point a finger at them. That’s something that…

I feel like there is a little bit of a gender bias, because, well, especially in the Caribbean, males are less likely to report sexual violence than females. I feel like because of that, you…

Something that I think would be good for counsellors to know is that in the Caribbean, we don’t really talk about sexual assault, we rarely talk about sex, we rarely talk about consent. Canadians will…

Participant 1: Also, how many people do I have to talk to? ‘Cause I wouldn’t want to repeat this story like 70 times. Participant 2: Yeah. Participant 3: Yes!

Participant 1: I feel like, it’d be harder, especially for us Black men, as we are told to “be tough.” We have a perception that we’re “hard” and all this stuff. So, I think it…

If that came out [that you were sexually assaulted] by a girl, or even a man, it doesn’t matter, I feel like the reaction you would be thinking of would be, “Wow, you let that…

If the example is a girl got me drunk one night and took advantage of me, or sexually assaulted me, for me to come home and tell my teammates that, they might be like, “Shit,…

I find in situations like this, the man is always looked at as the person who wants control. The man is normally the person who is able to run that whole, kind of encounter with…

I just kind of wanted to highlight that we live in a system where, as a Black man, if you go to any authority figure, you already know that there’s a good chance you might…

Participant 1: I don’t think I would want somebody from home to talk to me about that [a sexual assault]. Like, people out here, they don’t know me. Participant 3: Yeah. Facilitator: These people don’t…

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