Category: Consent

People often say I am one of the most resilient people they know, given what I have experienced and that my own abuse spans over a length of 18 years. It is a nice sentiment, but day after day I realise how it’s not actually a character trait, it is a demand of trauma. I have to be resilient. I have to be resilient in...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jokes about trigger warnings intend to mock the perceived ‘sensitivities’ of others: people have to be exaggerating, when they disclose triggers that only means they will feel slightly upset or frustrated or awkward if the subject arises, right? As a student living with...

When an interview opens with a cup of tea, and closes with a friendly hand job demonstration, you know you’re writing an article for Verbal Remedy. I absolutely love writing about genitals on the internet. Very few things make me happier, other than when my fuchsia decides it can be bothered to grow, or when I find a...

Abuse is a multifaceted issue, one which is never the same in any two situations, due to the complexity of human life. People stay in abusive relationships for many different reasons, many of which they cannot be held accountable for. Physical abuse rarely occurs without a certain degree of emotional abuse...

Reclaiming my sexuality and sensuality after years of incest from both my mother and father, alongside being trafficked in my teen years, has been quite the endeavour. However, contrary to uneducated belief, the only common factor between sexuality and trauma is the level of silencing they both endure. My abuse has...

  Although the storyline does have its faults, I like the Fifty Shades of Grey films. There, I said it. Not because of the fact that Jamie Dornan was shirtless (well maybe a little bit), but because it made it a little bit more acceptable to be open about BDSM relationships. Before the books came out, it seemed like...

In January, the conservatives blocked plans for LGBT inclusive sex education in our schools. This reform would have made education on same sex relationships, sexual consent and abuse in relationships mandatory. A couple of weeks later Tory MP Philip Davis (accompanied by fellow back-benchers) spent four and a half...

Whilst most of us went about our daily business as normal, yesterday one of the most important and controversial bills of the year was being debated in parliament. The Digital Economy Bill, an apparent improvement on the Digital Economy Act submitted in 2010, sets out to better regulate lots of online and digital...

Trinity Square, Gateshead NE8 1AD Tel: 0191 283 1577 Nearest Metro: Gateshead Interchange Where and When? Trinity Square health centre is part of Gateshead Sexual Heath, a larger organisation covering several sexual health clinics across the region. This particular clinic is in central Gateshead, in the two-storey NHS...

It’s two in the morning and I’m holding her by the arms as she tries to push past me to get to the bathroom. The razor in her hand catches my attention every few seconds, as do the terrible things she says, but I can’t think about any of it too much – I’m exhausted. It’s been hours of this, who knows how many, and all I...