Rooted in Rights and Disability Visibility Project’s #MeToo Stories

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First off, can I just say that if you come across Rooted in Rights‘ name on anything, it’s going to be stellar? OK, I said it. Rooted in Rights creates very dynamic, accessible media from disability community. They’re politically engaged, not motivated to focus on inspiring medical stories or rehab. And if you’re doing work around disability and social justice, then at some point, you have to address sexual health and wellbeing and sexual, and sexualized, violence. Tarana Burke’s #MeToo campaign is “committed to disrupting all systems that allow sexual violence to flourish,” which is precisely why bringing disability stories into the fold is so crucial.

Imani Barbarin has a wonderful post about how both segregation and viewing people with disabilities as permanently prepubescent only puts fuel on the fire when it comes to the astronomical rates of sexualized violence against disability community. Not only is it a decidedly thoughtful post, but the title has #MeToo? in it. The question mark drives a lot home. Because similar to the Women’s Marches and well, really any social movement that’s not specifically about disability, #MeToo has not been inclusive enough of disability communities’ experiences. So I’m grateful for her post and the others who have been making these stories known.

Now is your chance. Rooted in Rights is partnering with esteemed and marvelous Disability Visibility Project to hold an open call for guest blog posts. From their website: “All disabled people are welcome to submit stories – in particular disabled women, disabled women of color, disabled femmes, and disabled non-binary people.” They’re looking for “pitches from people who identify as disabled on rape culture and sexual coercion, violence, abuse, and harassment in the disability community.”

And unlike me, if you understand how to use Twitter, join them on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific for a Twitter chat on #MeToo and the disability community. Follow @rootedinrights and @DisVisibility on Twitter.

To submit a blog post, visit the open call page on their website. You can direct questions to Editor in Chief, Emily Ladau, at emilyl@rootedinrights.org.

For all who can participate in these conversations, please help amplify this open call, the Twitter chat, and any other work around using #MeToo for personal and community healing.