Saturday, April 23, 2016

RAB Publishes Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

Often pushed to the margins, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming survivors have been organizing in anti-violence work since the birth of the movement. The groundbreaking anthology Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement locates them at the center of the anti-violence movement and creates a space for their voices to be heard.

Moving beyond dominant narratives and the traditional “violence against women” framework, the book is multi-gendered, multi-racial and multi-layered. This thirty-seven piece collection disrupts the mainstream conversations about sexual violence and connects them to disability justice, sex worker rights, healing justice, racial justice, gender self-determination, queer & trans liberation and prison industrial complex abolition through reflections, personal narrative, and strategies for resistance and healing.

The contributors to this book are a feral and wildly compassionate collection of writers, bartenders, professors, therapists, sex workers, healers, sex positive educators, organizers, musicians, bloggers, non-profit workers, filmmakers and rabble rousers. While systems, institutions, families, communities and partners have failed them, this collection lifts them up, honors a multitude of lived experiences and shares the radical work that is being done outside mainstream anti-violence and the non-profit industrial complex.

Said Publisher Lori Perkins, “This is such an important book at this time when we are re-examining gender in this country, and abroad. It is imperative that these stories be told and heard in their own voices and in their own space.” Perkins added, “The editor, Jennifer Patterson, has been toiling on this book for six years, and she has collected an impassioned collection of essays on a subject whose time has come.”

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