Crimethinc: Accounting for Ourselves - Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

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Apr 27 2013 11:43
Crimethinc: Accounting for Ourselves - Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

Has anyone here read this and if so, what did you think?

Accounting for Ourselves: Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

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Sexual assault and abuse continue to plague anarchist circles and spaces. In response, we’ve developed processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. But why can’t we seem to get them right? This essay examines the context in which these community accountability models emerged and analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them. To move beyond the impasse around sexual violence within our scenes, we need to challenge the idea of community itself and take our resistance in new directions.

I'm still part way through it myself and don't really have much background knowledge (aside from articles and discussions here) but will try to post something later.

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Apr 27 2013 12:05

I've read it. I thought it was quite good and would recommend it. I don't think I need to give much more caveats beyond what they provide themselves in the intro, apart from the use of the word 'classist' (which nearly always gets me) and that it's really, really subcultural.

What I did take from it was a broad agreement with the pitfalls, and I was actually thinking of how points 3 and 4 could probably be much better handled by more formal organisations and would be something to look into and discuss further.

P.S. I have to admit I'm a bit biased in that the author of 'Safety is an Illusion' is a really close friend.

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Apr 27 2013 12:43

As it happens the AF has been developing Safer Spaces ideas and policy especially since the St. Imier gathering in Switzerland last year (when AF was assisting the German-speaking fed FdA in implementing the one there, at short notice). An article has just been published in the latest Organise! magazine no. 80, The Fundamental Requirement for Organised Safer Space:
http://www.afed.org.uk/blog/society/367-organise-magazine-80-the-fundame...
This has followed various experiences at anarchist bookfairs such as the one recounted here on the AF blog:
http://www.afed.org.uk/blog/state/301-safer-spaces-false-allegations-and...
Discussions were also had leading up to and at the London Anarchist Bookfair 2012 about practical implementation.