We welcome everyone to take part in this discussion! We are especially keen to hear from disabled survivors and disabled people.
However, we have purposefully phrased questions in such a way that means you do not have to disclose whether you are either disabled or a survivor when answering.
Disabled Survivors Unite are a user-led organisation (all founders are disabled) creating change for disabled survivors of abuse and sexual violence. You can find out more about our work here.
Respond is a service which provides support to children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma. You can find out more about their work here.
How our Twitter Q&A will work
We will be using the #itsnotok hashtag for this discussion. However, please note that this hashtag is being used widely for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, so other discussions might be taking place on it.
We will be tweeting ten questions over the hour, but please feel free to take your time answering these. All questions are available in advance below.
Format of Q&A
If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow the format: “A1 [your message] #itsnotok”
In this case, Q1 stands for Question #1 and A1 stands for Answer #1.
The hashtag will allow us to see your responses, and the number means we know which question you are answering. However, if you find it easier, feel free to quote retweet with your answer.
If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DSUtweets account. Each question will tweeted about 6 minutes apart.
For an explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat, please check out this useful example by Ruti Regan here.
If you need any support during this discussion, or afterwards, please visit our website page on Getting Support here.
If you think posts may be triggering for you, please ‘mute’ the #itsnotok hashtag. This way you should not see the questions and answers. You can learn how to do this by clicking here.
Feel free to prepare your answers in advance, but please only post these once we have asked the questions on Friday.
Q1 Please introduce yourself however you feel comfortable! If you’re a service, please describe your work & reason for joining. #itsnotok
Q2 What services exist for disabled survivors? How can we create more specialised services? #itsnotok
Q3 How can existing support services become more accessible to disabled people? What changes would you like to see? #itsnotok
Q4 How do disabled people experience sexual abuse and sexual violence in different ways to non-disabled people? #itsnotok
Q5 What can schools do to educate disabled children about safe, appropriate sex and how to identify abuse? #itsnotok
Q6 How can therapy help disabled survivors who have experienced sexual abuse and violence? How could it be made more accessible? #itsnotok
Q7 What can the police do to better support disabled survivors? What changes are needed? #itsnotok
Q8 Does the criminal justice system put disabled survivors at a disadvantage? If so, how can we change this? #itsnotok
Q9 How important is it that disabled user led groups/survivors are involved in research surrounding abuse and sexual violence? #itsnotok
Q10 If you could say one thing to a disabled survivor, what would it be? We will collect these into a blog post for survivors to read. #itsnotok
We hope you can participate in our first #itsnotok disability themed Twitter discussion!
If you miss it, don’t worry! You’re free to answer the questions at any point!
We have tried to make this Q&A accessible a possible. However, can you think of anything that could make it more accessible? We welcome suggestions, please email these to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to say a special thank you to Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project, for letting us use her wonderful #CripTheVote twitter discussion template. Be sure to follow Alice at @SFdirewolf and the Disability Visibility Project at @DisVisibility.