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Clear Lines started as the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Founded and crowdfunded by volunteers in 2015, it was a truly special grassroots success -- and is still going. Clear Lines was born out of the need to create an open, honest, and inclusive conversation around these experiences, to replace the shame and silence with insight, understanding, and community. Since our two multi-day festivals in 2015 and 2017, we now hold a series of events online, in London, and further afield, often partnering with organisations to create a survivor-centered, arts-inspired dialogue around sexual violence and abuse.

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What is Clear Lines?

Clear Lines started as the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Founded and crowdfunded by volunteers in 2015, it was a truly special grassroots success -- and is still going. Clear Lines was born out of the need to create an open, honest, and inclusive conversation around these experiences, to replace the shame and silence with insight, understanding, and community. Since our two multi-day festivals in 2015 and 2017, we now hold a series of events online, in London, and further afield, often partnering with organisations to create a survivor-centered, arts-inspired dialogue around sexual violence and abuse.

The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women in Lockdown 
6-8pm, online (£4/2)
Hosted by WoWFest Liverpool 
With Hibo Wardere, Winnie M Li, and Gill Moglione
Website

My Story, My Words: A Creative Writing Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Violence (SOLD OUT) 2-4pm GMT
Facilitated by Clare Shaw. Hosted by WoWFest Liverpool
Funded by the Royal Society of Literature -Literature Matters Award
FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT LIMITED SPACE
Website

Transforming Sexual Trauma into Literature: Authors in Northern Ireland on Writing Their Lived Experience
For the first time in Northern Ireland local authors who have experienced sexual violence will discuss how writing has offered them a form of trauma therapy in an online discussion hosted by Nexus, Northern Ireland’s specialist sexual counselling charity. 17:00 – 18:30PM

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The closing event in our collaboration with The SHaME Project
5-6:30PM GMT
TICKETS TO GO LIVE SOON.

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An inspiring line-up of artists, activists and advocates

So very tired. Of women being attacked & murdered by men. Of recovering from my own rape, but yrs later, still hearing of #AshlingMurphy & so many others. Of being reminded our lives can be ended so quickly by a man. Of explaining to men over & over, how this is our reality 💔

Old blog exploring recovery. What does recovery actually mean? What does it look like for you?

“In theory then… I will never ‘move on’. But that doesn’t mean I can’t recover. Recovery and moving on aren’t synonymous.”

#csa #healing https://theflyingchild.com/2021/09/29/its-time-to-move-on/

Are you a filmmaker? WE are commissioning a film/s on sexual violence from a medical or psychiatric perspective. Would love to hear from you! Due 14 January! https://shame.bbk.ac.uk/blog/cfp-films-on-medical-or-psychiatry-aspects-of-sexual-violence/ @BirkbeckUoL
@BirkbeckFMACS @BirkbeckHCA @CamGendSexHist @sexinghistory @socialhistsoc @JHUmedhum

“For survivors, constantly having to relive their trauma just compounds the damage.”

Our network member Jon shares his experience with @LexyTopping.

His powerful story gives a human face to structural issues – and shows how survivors can create change.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/05/jon-needham-child-rape-victims-abuse-court-police-officer-survivors?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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WINNIE M LI

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LIZ KELLY

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NINA MILLNS

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