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Thank you

Thank you.

I have been awarded the 2013 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case alongside some incredibly amazing womyn.

I'm incredibly honoured and grateful for all the positive support I've gotten since the announcement was made. It means a great deal to me.

Even Carleton University acknowledged my win!

But I want to thank all the people who have ever supported my work; those who went to bat for me and stood on my side long before it was safe or popular to do so.

I appreciated you then and I appreciate you now.

Keeping it real

I was talking to Rob about the body acceptance movement and in particular, how I don't do much work in that area. He wasn't being a jerk about it (thankfully!) but he was just curious as to why it wasn't one of the issues I get angry about on Twitter. A totally fair question.

I don't do a great deal of work on body acceptance, truth be told. Admittedly, there's a certain element of "I gotta pick my battles". Doing anti-sexual violence work for 90% of my life means that I've had to take issues that I care about and file them under "I'll support other people doing this but I don't have the energy to do it myself". That's certainly part of it.

But it's more than that.

Read more: Keeping it real

I was sexually assaulted by young boys and this is why we need to talk about it

[TRIGGER WARNING for explicit discussions of sexual assault. Full disclosure: A version of this story was originally submitted to xoJane, accepted but never published. So, here it is.]

Anyone who meets current, 20 something activist me, would probably describe me as crass, outspoken, potty mouthed and abrasive. I talk smack about the patriarchy for a living and am pretty darn good at it. But teenaged me was shy, awkward and determined to remain in her parents’ good books.

 I went to a Catholic school run by nuns and stayed out of trouble by having a long-distance boyfriend. Living in a small town, there were few employment opportunities for high school kids. I was stuck in that “Can’t get a job because I don’t have any experience but I can’t get any experience until someone gives me a job”. So I did what most high school students in my situation did: I did a ton of baby-sitting.

I baby-sat my little cousins, I baby-sat these adorable rich kids down the street and I baby-sat two boys who one day, sexually assaulted me.

Read more: I was sexually assaulted by young boys and this is why we need to talk about it