On policing, institutions, and individuals

It was September 2012, and I was in New York City to medic the Occupy anniversary protests. It was dark, and I was walking with my medic buddy to stash their pack. My medic buddy was homeless at the time, this pack had all their posessions. The NYPD and Zuccotti Park security wouldn’t let them […]

To increase sexual violence reporting, fix law enforcement

As promised, I am following up my last post with one about policing and how it interacts with sexual violence and reporting.

One aspect of this is that police are often trained in ways that lead them to think normal trauma response behavior is a sign of lying. I encourage everyone to read this transcript […]

Increasing disclosures without pressuring sexual violence survivors

Edited 12/17 to fix broken links. Sorry about that. Apparently the text editor in which I was drafting the post inserted a bunch of the weird curly quotation marks around my links and it broke the HTML somehow.

In my last post, I alluded to the problems with pressuring sexual violence survivors to report as […]

The NYPD and chokeholds

“A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.” – from the 2004 NYPD patrol guide

The first time I was in New York City was also the first time I medicked a protest there. It was […]

It can still be police violence without looking dramatic

It frustrates me pretty deeply that in this city, police violence (whether from city or state police) toward protesters is often not seen as such. The police here are better at PR, I think, than a lot of others. They don’t want to look bad in public. And they know that they will look bad […]