We have watched the recent #MeToo campaign unfold, and honor the original work of Tarana Burke. We’ve been inspired and humbled by the vulnerability and courage of so many people in our community who are speaking out against sexual violence.
Like all communities, our arts community is infected with misogyny, sexism, and attitudes of entitlement toward women’s bodies. Our own personal experiences with sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence helped bring the St. Pete Women’s Collective into being.
We launched the Collective as an intentional safe space for women, femmes, and allies to create, share, and build community around values of equality, safety, body autonomy, and self-expression.
Our intention is to bring awareness to the fact that attitudes of sexual violence are accepted as status quo in too many communities, including our own.
We stand in solidarity with all survivors, whether you have chosen to share your story publicly or not. We believe you and we’re fighting for you.
In support of our community, we are hosting a #MeToo event for sexual assault survivors who need a safe space to talk, listen, be heard, and be seen.
Join us 11/9/17 at Black Crow Coffee Co. from 6:30 to 9 p.m.. Find full event details here.