Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Glasgow.

We, the undersigned, are writing to those involved in the Occupy Glasgow protest because our voices have hitherto been marginalised and our concerns systematically ignored in the days following the rape that occurred at the protest on Tuesday.

Below is an open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Glasgow. If your organisation would like to sign the letter, please email glasgowwomensactivistforum@gmail.com

We, the undersigned, are writing to those involved in the Occupy Glasgow protest because our voices have hitherto been marginalised and our concerns systematically ignored in the days following the rape that occurred at the protest on Tuesday.

Our decision to write this letter is not based on political or ideological rejections of the Occupy movement, but is motivated by a very real concern for the physical and emotional well-being of all those involved in Occupy Glasgow, with specific concern for women and vulnerable people.

We believe that those involved in the protest failed to ensure the safety of its participants. The safety of the most vulnerable amongst us must be paramount in any organisation or movement, and a failure to construct and implement a system which ensures the safety of all its participants constitutes a failure of the movement as a whole.

In light of the gang rape that took place on Tuesday, we condemn the decision to continue with the occupation. Not only does the rape itself constitute reason enough to end the protest, but the reaction in the days which have followed has only convinced us further.

Allowing rape apology, victim blaming, and accusations of 'fabrication' or 'conspiracy to bring the occupation to and end' to be voiced in statements both on the official Occupy Glasgow facebook page and at General Assemblies without question demonstrates a complete failure of those involved to grasp the severity of the incident.

There has been insufficient effort to make necessary changes to the physical space or the safer spaces policy following the attack.

Women remain at high risk at Occupy Glasgow, and openly voiced this at the women's meeting on Friday 28th October. Prior to Tuesday, verbal and physical intimidation had been reported by occupiers to the group, yet these issues were not addressed.

It is extremely alarming that women at the occupation confirmed that the group only reported the rape after a group decision was taken to do so. Even after members of the occupation took this decision - which, we cannot stress enough, was not theirs to take - the occupation continued to refer to the rape as 'alleged'.

Our decision to write an open letter followed attempts to reach out to Occupy Glasgow by attending General Assemblies. However, women who have attended meetings and facilitated workshops have experienced verbal and physical intimidation from occupiers, leaving us no option but to make this official appeal to the women of Occupy Glasgow to take our concerns seriously.

We consider this matter urgent, and cannot stress enough that this appeal is motivated purely by our desire to create safe spaces for women not just within activist movements, but everywhere in society.

Glasgow Women's Activist Forum.

Comments

Not just in Glasgow..

By namaskar

There  have been multiple reports of sexual assault and harassment and at least four reports of rape at Occupying protests across the U.S.A in the last couple of months.

In addition to the attack in Glasgow, known rapes have also occured in Cleveland, Dallas (involving a 14 year old girl), Kansas, and Portland. There have been sexual assualts reported in New Hampshire, Oakland, Seattle and Denver.

The theme seems to be the same as in Glasgow, where the victims are described as 'transient, run-aways, or homeless women' suggesting that they are somehow less deserving of justice than other people. The response from protesters involved in the occupying protests is often shocking, with most releasing statements that distance themselves from the women and claim that they are 'not members of the protest.'

There is more information and links to the articles about these other events here:

http://occupypatriarchy.org/

Not just in Glasgow..

By Anonymous

A feminist critique of the protests..

http://www.indymediascotland.org/node/25734

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By Glasgow Women's Activist Forum

Below is an open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Glasgow. If your organisation would like to sign the letter, please email glasgowwomensactivistforum@gmail.com

http://libcom.org/news/open-letter-glasgow-womens-activist-forum-occupy-glasgow-01112011

 

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By JH

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

CH wrote:

You don't sound like you'd be much good in a fight for the rights of vulnerable women. You're saying, "she wanted it," based on your superior knowledge and anyone who says otherwise must be a Daily Mail reader.

YOUR "veiws" and YOUR message stink and I'd like Occupy Glasgow to be firm & unequivocal about that.

Anonymous wrote:

We are fighting for your rights aswell as yours, give up your rights to protest (dont think so). There are also many many details surrounding the incident that you are completly unaware of, i dont mean to be rude but are you daily mail readers.NOTE: Thease are MY veiws and MY message - NOT the veiws of the occupation commity

I dont see anywhere that the previous commenter said "she wanted it" people like you are just obviously stirring up trouble,


"There have also been many reports from reputable sources that it was infact not rape it was consential"

I take that to be 'consensual' which would be exactly equivalent to saying the woman in question 'wanted it'. The fact that the previous poster also put scare quotes around 'rape' is kind of a giveaway, too.

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By Anonymous

Before anyone jumping to conclusions and pointing out the "rape" that occured in george square id first like to point out the number of rapes going on in glasgow are almost 3 every day. We are fighting for your rights aswell as yours, give up your rights to protest (dont think so). There are also many many details surrounding the incident that you are completly unaware of, i dont mean to be rude but are you daily mail readers. This is a world wide movment and WILL bring about change in our societies. There have also been many reports from reputable sources that it was infact not rape it was consential but offcourse those in charge will only print what they are told, by the very people we are fighting against, open your eyes and do your research before spouting your opinions online.

NOTE: Thease are MY veiws and MY message - NOT the veiws of the occupation commity

Thankyou for your time A

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By CH

You don't sound like you'd be much good in a fight for the rights of vulnerable women. You're saying, "she wanted it," based on your superior knowledge and anyone who says otherwise must be a Daily Mail reader.

YOUR "veiws" and YOUR message stink and I'd like Occupy Glasgow to be firm & unequivocal about that.

Anonymous wrote:

We are fighting for your rights aswell as yours, give up your rights to protest (dont think so). There are also many many details surrounding the incident that you are completly unaware of, i dont mean to be rude but are you daily mail readers.NOTE: Thease are MY veiws and MY message - NOT the veiws of the occupation commity

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By Anonymous

 

CH wrote:

You don't sound like you'd be much good in a fight for the rights of vulnerable women. You're saying, "she wanted it," based on your superior knowledge and anyone who says otherwise must be a Daily Mail reader.

YOUR "veiws" and YOUR message stink and I'd like Occupy Glasgow to be firm & unequivocal about that.

Anonymous wrote:

We are fighting for your rights aswell as yours, give up your rights to protest (dont think so). There are also many many details surrounding the incident that you are completly unaware of, i dont mean to be rude but are you daily mail readers.NOTE: Thease are MY veiws and MY message - NOT the veiws of the occupation commity

I dont see anywhere that the previous commenter said "she wanted it" people like you are just obviously stirring up trouble,

Re: Open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Gl

By Anonymous

Hi will you support us other glasgow groups are http://www.indymediascotland.org/node/26406

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

CH wrote:

You don't sound like you'd be much good in a fight for the rights of vulnerable women. You're saying, "she wanted it," based on your superior knowledge and anyone who says otherwise must be a Daily Mail reader.

YOUR "veiws" and YOUR message stink and I'd like Occupy Glasgow to be firm & unequivocal about that.

Anonymous wrote:

We are fighting for your rights aswell as yours, give up your rights to protest (dont think so). There are also many many details surrounding the incident that you are completly unaware of, i dont mean to be rude but are you daily mail readers.NOTE: Thease are MY veiws and MY message - NOT the veiws of the occupation commity

I dont see anywhere that the previous commenter said "she wanted it" people like you are just obviously stirring up trouble,


"There have also been many reports from reputable sources that it was infact not rape it was consential"

I take that to be 'consensual' which would be exactly equivalent to saying the woman in question 'wanted it'. The fact that the previous poster also put scare quotes around 'rape' is kind of a giveaway, too.