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Apr 06, 2022
I am a lecturer in Disability studies. I am also a woman with dwarfism, who since childhood has been called ‘midget’ by strangers who find my dwarfism funny and unacceptable within society. Here, I explore the online harassment I received as a disabled, female academic after successfully campaigning to remove the word midget from a popular brand of sweets. I argue that online harassment was provoked both by British news media, which is predominantly politically biased, and my identity as a disabled female academic. Disability studies is characterized by a personal interest in disability and
Mar 30, 2022
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the April 5th Day of Action  Harrisburg, PA –The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) commemorates the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April with their ‘Building Safe Online Spaces Together’ campaign to highlight the role that each of us can play in creating safe, respectful and equitable online communities. For too long, harassment, cyberbullying and exploitation have been seen as inevitable behaviors online. During this month-long
Mar 23, 2022
Every survivor has a story. Telling that story can help them celebrate their voice, their creativity, bring awareness to the issues, or even advocate for prevention. Although not for everyone, writing has long been celebrated for its healing capabilities. While online spaces of writing, poetry corners, books, and blogs can play a positive influence in the lives of those healing from trauma, they can also constitute spaces of abuse and harassment. When writers put their experiences, thoughts, feelings, or narratives online, they can become targets for criticism, victim blaming or trolling. If
Mar 23, 2022
Online spaces and content can bring us a lot of joy, but they can also cause harm and pain. Here are some important things to remember about being trauma-informed online with ourselves, with others, and with the content we encounter. Being trauma-informed means taking into consideration a person’s experience of trauma and their reactions to it.  #1) Pictures of outwardly happy smiling faces don’t always mean people are happy and smiling inside. It’s easy to assume that everyone else is living exciting, fun-filled lives when scrolling social media. These platforms have been known to
Mar 23, 2022
According to the CDC, “Disability inclusion means understanding the relationship between the way people function and how they participate in society, and making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.” People with disabilities are integral parts of our world and community, yet they often face inaccessible or unwelcoming spaces online. The word disability itself is a limiting term, as it refers to an immense spectrum of experiences. Disabilities can affect a person’s auditory, cognitive, neurological,
Mar 15, 2022
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I feel as though it is my duty and privilege to share with you all some fabulous children’s books, adult books, and films held within the NSVRC/PCAR Library collection. My hope is that these stories will bring forth reflection, as well as a desire to learn more about the incredible women who have shaped our lives and our country. Courageous First Ladies Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman is a young child’s introduction to the women who used their influence in the White House to change the world. Simple text tells the
Mar 02, 2022
The following resource helps victims of online bullying, harassment, or hate speech connect with resources to document, report, and heal from cyber-related harm. Spotlighted Resources Online Harassment Field Manual - PEN America “Whether you’re experiencing or witnessing online abuse, this Field Manual offers concrete strategies for how to defend yourself and others. We wrote this guidance with and for those disproportionately impacted by online abuse: writers, journalists, artists, and activists who identify as women, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQIA+. Whatever your identity or vocation, anyone active
Mar 01, 2022
The following listing of survivor communities and hubs are intended to provide online support through the use of forums, chat rooms, self-help, and general resources to survivors of sexual violence. These resources are organized by the following: peer support, military service members and veterans, male survivors, culturally specific online support, and support for partners of sexual abuse survivors. Sexual Assault Programs should review these resources to become familiar with them before offering recommendations to survivors. Understanding the importance of internet safety and privacy
Feb 25, 2022
Like sexual violence, all forms of disordered eating (such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder) can affect anyone at any age. Also like sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, it is critical to combat the stigma, silence, and shame around eating disorders by bringing these issues into the light, acknowledging they are widespread, and uplifting that no one should have to struggle alone.  In honor of  National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we’re talking about the intersection of these two critical issues to help illuminate the reality that survivors of trauma including
Feb 15, 2022
The nation would not be as it is if it were not for the individuals who have fought for freedoms in the past, as well as those who continue to fight. February is the designated month for celebrating and reflecting on the history of the Black community. However, it is highly important to our humanity that we continue to recognize and lift up those who have come before and those who continue to fight the uphill battle for equality. The NSVRC/PCAR Library has some fantastic resources for all ages that reflect on these fearless individuals. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African