On January 21, 2018, the St. Pete Women’s Collective had the honor and privilege of co-sponsoring the Women’s Day of Action in Williams Park, St Petersburg. Our Collective hosted the “Me Too / Time’s Up" station, where hundreds of people shared stories of sexual assault, and named their abusers on a large paper wall. With crowds of 5,000 throughout the day, the event was an incredible witness to strength and solidarity expressed through words, signs, and heartfelt connections between those who attended.
For many, the opportunity to name their abuser publicly was something they never imagined being able to do for a myriad of personal reasons, including safety, privacy, fear of retaliation, and not being believed. By providing a paper wall in a sea of support, we were able to offer survivors the opportunity to say the unsayable, to transform their power, to call out their truth ... and they did, embracing it.
Hundreds of names, some familiar, peppered the wall by the end of the day. Women of the Collective removed the paper wall, brought it back to our headquarters in Historic Kenwood, said a blessing over the document to impart love and healing to all survivors violated by those named, and burned it down to ashes. It was one of the most powerful events any of us have ever participated in. See videos here.