We Are Our Best Resource!
Do you self-identify as a girl or woman[i] of Black and/or African origins?
Have you personally experienced or witnessed gender violence[ii] and sexual abuse?
If you answered yes to both questions, the Third Eye Collective invites you to participate in this anonymous survey about your personal experiences navigating Montreal-based public and community services directed to survivors/victims/resisters of gender violence and sexual abuse. Given the prevalence of violence targeting us, it is a critical moment to consider how to build collective safety for our communities, including Black queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. The collective will compile your survey responses, publish them online here for others to comment and reflect upon, and create a Montreal-based Community Resource Guide publicly accessible to other women navigating the system.
Remember: We are our best resource! At the end of this anonymous survey, you will have the option to provide us with your name and contact information if you would like a member of our collective to speak with you further about our survey and our work in general. Your answers will remain anonymous and all identifying details will be removed.
[i] This definition includes Black queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals who may also self-identify as girls and women.
[ii] The Third Eye Collective doesn’t address only intimate partner violence and sexual assault of Black women. But our organizing efforts address a broader scope of gender violence against Black women from workplace violence, to street violence, to violence in the home, to police violence, to violence against women in prison. Further redefining “gender violence” is uncovering intimate partner violence against Black queer, trans and gender non-conforming individuals and the inclusion of violence used as a tool to police and define the boundaries of gender.
What neighborhood(s) in Montreal were you residing in or visiting when you personally experienced and/or witnessed gender violence and sexual abuse?
Are there any individuals you would recommend based upon your personal experience to other Black girls and women who live in Montreal and are survivors/victims/resisters of gender violence and sexual abuse?
For example: Crisis Support Worker, Lawyer or Legal Advocate, Social Worker, Rape Counselor, Medical or Health Care Professional, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN), Community Support Person, Sexual Assault Centre Educator, Academic/School Guidance Counselor, Spiritual Advisor and Healer, Family Therapist or Co-parenting Counselor, Child Care Support Worker or Other.
Have you personally experienced a bad encounter with an institution while seeking support for gender violence and sexual abuse?
A bad encounter is a negative experience with an organization, institution, or system, such as CALACS, Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, health care clinic, hospitals, shelters, police, schools, or any other institution that has a public mandate to support the victims of sexual assault.
If yes, can you try and be as specific as possible by using the institutional name and identifying the neighborhood? For example, CHUM—Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, SPVM—35th Precinct, etc.
If yes, can you also describe the individual or individuals involved in harming you? For example, police car number, badge number, names or description of what they look like, etc.
Have you personally experienced a good encounter with an institution while seeking support for gender violence and sexual abuse?
A good encounter is a positive experience with an organization, institution, or system, such as CALACS, Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, health care clinic, hospitals, shelters, police, schools, or any other institution that has a public mandate to support the victims of sexual assault.
If yes, can you try and be as specific as possible by using the institutional name and identifying the neighborhood? For example, Expression LaSalle, Concordia University’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre, etc.
If yes, can you also describe the individual or individuals involved in helping or supporting you? For example, medical/nursing license number, nursing care unit, or description of what they look like, etc.
Comments...( for example, your experience with the informal sector, services for your Black children)
If you would like a member of our collective to speak to you further about this survey or about our work in general, click on the following link in to enter your contact information. It will not be connected to the answers you provided.
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