We Are Our Best Resource: A Community Survey

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.

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