Okay so this is very important
Demand more research into mental illnesses
Demand more education on mental illness
Demand more positive representation of mental illness
Destroy the stigma that surrounds mental illness
Don’t let more kids struggle all their life not knowing what is wrong with them
Don’t let mental illnesses go unrecognized and untreated
Destroy this environment that favors neurotypical able people
I WANNA GO WHERE THAT’S GOING
(Source: xoxoxanel, via aggressivepeanut)
so today i learned that in the late 1800s-early 1900s, the navy became concerned about possible homosexual activity among their sailors
so they sent in decoys, whose job was to pretend to want to engage in homosexual activity in order to find gay sailors
except then the job of the decoy got popular
like, really popular
like… worryingly popular?
reports said that the decoys were performing their jobs with “much enthusiasm and zeal”
eventually the navy decided. to. just stop.
(Source: swanjolras, via mrmattasourus)
This is just sad.
deep sigh of contentment
this is some portal 2 shit
feminism never made me hate men but the reaction to feminism sure as shit did
some men* you literally cannot hate people you’ve never met or even heard of.
oh MY GOD OH MY GOD OHH M Y GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OHHHYM GOD OH MY GOD OH MY OD OOOOOH MY GOD oh MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD O H MY GO D OH MY GOD O H M Y GO D OH MY GOD OH MY GOD
- Ask for the accused to be reported to the police/message the victim asking them why they haven’t reported.
A victim/survivor can have any number of personal reasons to not want to go to the authorities or go through a trial, it’s not up to anyone besides them to decide whether their abuse should be reported.
- Send victims/survivors (one’s that are public) messages along the lines of “Have you seen that [accused] is posting again?” or something similar.
They don’t need to be bombarded with messages about someone who hurt them. Maybe they don’t want to be reminded of this person and chances are they have a friend who will tell them anything they’ll need to know.
- Take photos of the accused without them knowing when they’re going about their daily life.
Warning people of someone being in an area where they could trigger a lot of people who have heard the accusations is good.
Seeing someone going about their daily lives (shopping, eating out etc) and taking photos/posting about them to social networks is a invasion of privacy. They may be terrible people but we can’t deny anyone the right to living their lives privately (unless someone reports them which is the victims decision). We have to understand that if these people leave the YouTube community they are still going to have lives. Invading on them just gives them and their die hard fans reasons to think you’re just “out to get” them.
- Use offensive language when discussing YouTube abuse.
This includes language that is whorephobic, misogynistic and ableist language which is the main things we see happening in these cases. You can still feel like you are on the victim/survivor’s side and use this kind of language. Using whorephobic and misogynist language when discussing the YouTube abuse causes you to be a rape apologist. If you think you are on the victim/survivor’s side but use this language you are saying in other circumstances it would be their fault.
If you say that the accused is “crazy”, “insane”, “a sociopath” or something similar in a way that does not accurately describe a disorder or mental illness they actually have, you are saying that all abusers have personality disorders. You are making excuses for the abuse and saying that a mental illness caused these people to abuse people. Mental illness is casually and readily used as a metaphor for behavior such as abuse and assumed to be the cause. This is common in cases with white males. If a white male does something as bad as abuse, they must be “c***y” because whiteness, and maleness are not thought of as stereotypically violent by the general public, but mental illness is.
- Call them a “victim” or “survivor” contrary to the term they claim for themselves. If they don’t refer to themselves by either term, default to “victim/survivor.”
Victim/survivor-centric support prioritizes allowing victims/survivors the power to describe and label their experiences in the way that best suits them. The difference between claiming “victim” or “survivor” is about power, responsibility, and agency – neither term should be externally forced on a victim/survivor, no matter the circumstances.
- Refer to the abuse allegations as a “scandal”.
Some explanation and alternative terminology here.