Trigger warning! Sexual assault, slut shaming.
This episode of Do You Get What I Mean? includes details of sexual assault, slut shaming and harassment.
Sam doesn’t know if she can call what happened rape or not. But she doesn’t know if she was awake – even though people swear when they walked in she was unconscious. She nods and swallows and doesn’t think about how people walked in and walked out without a pause.
Sam vividly remembers her friends – people she had spent four years with, making funny faces at in English and throwing up in her parents yard – laughing uncomfortably and rolling their eyes and changing the subject.
Why? Well, (her attacker) is just kinda like that.
In this episode, the girls discuss the grey area which surrounds sexual assault, and how quickly people tend to believe rumours about a woman’s promiscuity. They share stories from their personal experience and the internalized guilt and shame which accompanies this.
I will drop the link below, but for this blog post I also want to drop a few helplines. Note – these hotlines are Australian only.
- ACT — Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 6247 2525
- New South Wales — NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017 or NSW Health Sexual Assault Services (visit web page to find the number in your local area)
- Northern Territory — Department of Health, Sexual Assault Referral Centres
- Queensland — Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 010 120
- South Australia — Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service (08) 8226 8777 or 1800 817 421 freecall
- Tasmania — Sexual Assault Support Service 1800 697 877
- Victoria — Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292
- Western Australia — Sexual Assault Resource Centre (08) 6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888
these hotlines are taken from the Health Direct website
Link to the slut shaming episode below,