Beyond One Billion Rising: Restorative Justice Approaches to Sexual Assault
2/12/2014 Chicago, Illinois. In solidarity with missing and murdered Indigenous women:
One Billion Rising as a global campaign has been the subject of criticism since it’s inception - criticisms including that it excludes trans* folks and belittles the voices of non-Western, white women. In 2013, Eve Ensler announced OBR 2014 was about “Rising for Justice,” urging survivors to report. Understandably, this has received a lot of backlash as oftentimes reporting can lead to more problems for the survivor, especially if the survivor is a person of color.
RVA recognizes that and is therefore hosting a platform to discuss the problematic elements of OBR.
Below is a description of the event as well as some recommended readings.
"Beyond One Billion Rising: Restorative Justice Approaches to Sexual Assault is a forum that will invite individuals who have worked in the anti-violence movement and within prison abolition efforts to discuss the ways state violence has impacted the lives of survivors of sexual violence, with a focus on people of color. Participants will be invited to share their thoughts on OBR as well as ways OBR and the mainstream anti-violence movement can expand the way it thinks about justice in regard to sexual violence."
Eve Ensler on “The Congo Stigmata”
Response to “The Congo Stigmata” on Twitter
Lauren Chief Elk’s letter to Eve Ensler in light of her scheduling VDay on the same day as the one honoring missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW):
One Billion Rising’s statement about the prison industrial complex:
A response to OBR’s statement about PIC:
An article questioning if OBR is the right movement with the wrong leader:
A succinct summary of criticisms of OBR:
An Indian feminist gives her positive and negative experiences working w/ OBR and Ensler: